A housing society in Mumbai’s Wadala area has been turning its garbage into fertiliser and using it to grow organic vegetables.
According to Better India, 131 families residing in Emcee Greens society has been generating nearly 60 kg of wet waste everyday, which they have converted into one tonne of fertiliser.
They have been collecting the garbage in the society’s backyard to avoid the garbage from being added to the city’s wastes and use the aerobic composting method.
The article quoted local corporate Sufiyan Vanu as saying, “The municipality has not been collecting garbage from this society for two years now. This is why It is called the ‘zero garbage society’.”
At first only certain residents were utilising the fertiliser to grow flowering plants and vegetables in their balconies, which is when the society members hit upon the idea of organic farming on their terrace.
So far, Emcee Greens residents have managed to harvest 90 kg of vegetables a month including spinach, fenugreek, aubergines, chillies, bitter gourd, cauliflower, coriander and tomatoes, the article said.
They are also recycling other kind of garbage, like old water bottles, discarded wash basins, etc to make farming beds.
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