The global view of waste management is disturbing. As the world's population has increased and become more urban and affluent, the production of waste has heightened by alarming rates - which in turn is a major cause of concern since it is an evidence of overuse of natural resources. Discarded materials, the byproduct of excessive consumption, are being produced faster than other environmental pollutants or harmful gases. Today, solid-waste management is one of the highest expenses to municipal financial plan.
Waste problem is more grave in emerging cities rather than in rural areas. Unless we tackle this serious issue adeptly, the planet will have to bear the brunt of increasing waste burden. The tonnes of rubbish clearly reflect that the present disposal and processing capacity is probably not sufficient to deal with the rising growth of waste. Ironically, all these facts essentially point to one concern and it is perhaps of a greater consequence than anything else -the Basic Human Attitude.
The seeds of this potential problem were sown quite early by our outlook towards waste and our ignorance in handling it. The importance of segregation of waste into wet and dry units is till now quite unknown to our society. That waste can be a source of value if handled efficiently is still unbeknownst to us.
The aim of this project is therefore to motivate and educate the society to look at waste in a different perspective-in turn making each one of us responsible to understand – that recycling waste can be rewarding in terms of the output and give a sense of satisfaction in improving the health of our planet.
This is achieved by looking at waste as a resource to obtain soil/compost of the finest fertilizing quality- by recycling the wet waste after segregation at a house-hold level through vermicomposting. The idea is to have a unit with the necessary components installed within the premises of a housing society to create a byproduct (vermicompost) for the residents which may eventually be marketable.
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