Bhubaneswar, January 8: Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra on Friday inaugurated the first ever stall of compost made of organic waste, Mo Khata (My Compost) here at Rajmahal Sqaure here.
The compost is being manufactured from the wet waste collected from the capital city area and processed in Micro Composting Centre.
“This compost is 100% organic, amends soil quality, increases plant yield and growth, suppresses plant diseases, contains nutrients and micro-nutrients,” said a communiqué of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation.
Citizens can buy the compost at Shop-3, Vending Kiosks, Rajmahal Square and can also place orders on call-7815042331, it said.
A 5-kg pack available for Rs 100 and 20-kg pack is available at Rs 400.
“Soon home delivery facility will also be available. The shop will be managed by (SHG) Special Help Groups,” it added.
“We have opened this outlet at a prominent location in order to help people who are interested in buying the good quality compost at affordable rates,” said Commissioner Prem Chandra Choudhary.
Ashok Mohanty, a businessman present on the occasion said, “It is a great initiative from BMC to provide good quality organic compost to people at a price lower than market rate. This compost can greatly help in improving plant growth and health.”
As of now, eight MCCs – three at Nicco Park (for Ward No – 35, 36, 28 & 29), one at Laxmi Sagar (for Ward No – 32 and 33), two at Unit – VIII (for Ward No -51, 47 and 48), one at Pandara (for Ward No 18 and 19), and, one at the Temporary Transit Centre near Sainik School (for Ward No – 12 and 17) are operational.
Available data shows, Bhubaneswar generates over 520 tonnes of waste every day. Out it, around 250 tonnes is wet waste. Quantity of garbage collected daily requires 45 days of processing for conversion to compost. It is estimated that with operationalization of all 43 MCCs in BMC, the city waste can produce nearly 50 tonnes of compost per day.
The Civic Body is also running a campaign to generate awareness on door-to-door collection of garbage and segregation waste at the source. The garbage collection vehicles will have separate bins to collect biodegradable waste and other waste from the source.