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A Temple from Bengaluru can become the best Example for Compost

Until 6-8 months ago, the temple had its own usual garbage pick-up issues with mounds of it rotting right at its entrance. They contained organic and non-biodegradable waste all mixed up beyond remedy: flowers, leaves, fruits, coconuts, incense sticks, camphor, cloth pieces, disposable cups and plates, etc. On days when BBMP pourakarmikas failed to pick up the trash, problems multiplied.

One of the trustees Ashok Betraj and his sister Anupama Harish were aware of the landfill crisis and also, more importantly, the solutions available to mitigate the same. Anupama, an activist who loves to compost at home and also works towards bringing in more neighbours into the fold, prevailed upon Ashok and got things going.

The first step was to arrest the flow of disposable items into the premises. They banned all non-biodegradable plastic, styrofoam plates, glass containers and switched to steel ones. Plastic carrybags were replaced with cloth ones.

But when distribution of ‘prasada’ in plastic covers was stopped and devotees were encouraged to bring their own boxes, the going got tougher. “Although we have a lot of devotees who are regular visitors, it was difficult to convince occasional visitors especially during events like Sankashti and major festivals.”

Once, a devotee even protested when he was denied ‘prasada’ for not bringing his own container. Ashok refused to budge. “But the next time, the same person got his own steel container and I was happy to see the transformation,” he says.

Adds Anupama: “To make things easy for those who do not visit regularly, the management sourced ‘donne’ made out of leaves.”

The management hired Quantum Leaf to set up organic composting systems to take care of its kitchen rejects and the remaining organic matter that came in the form of pooja items/rejects, fallen leaves, twigs and branches on the premises.

“We cook ‘prasada’ every day and have to deal with up to 10 kgs of kitchen waste per day. It also includes the kitchen waste generated by our staff members who live on the premises,” says Ashok.

As of now, two Sudh-Labh blue barrels are efficiently handling the kitchen waste. Five leaf composters have been installed to compost all the remaining organic matter, mainly flowers, tulsi leaves, ‘donne’ rejects, etc.

ccording to Ashok and Anupama, many devotees love to take this ‘holy’ compost back home. Since almost all the waste problems are being handled inside the temple premises, the dependence on BBMP contractors is almost nil. It is the same freedom from outside agencies, government or private, that actually funds the composting projects inside. A win-win situation. Something that all holy places, irrespective of religion, can emulate with ease.

The following side-show takes you through the process of converting all the organic waste generated on the temple premises using two simple composting methods.

Karnataka Compost Development Corporation is involved in Eco-friendly treatment of city garbage and agriculture waste through production of Compost based organic manure and Vermi compost.
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