Time to effectively deal with Food Waste
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a clarion call not to waste food. The food we leave on our plates can fill a hungry stomach, said the PM. Noble ideas are well received by Indians, but bad habits die hard. Going by a recent survey, the kitchen discards, the leftovers, the perished food items constitute almost 25% of the organic waste. There are limited ways to tackle the growing problem of food waste except to transport it on trucks all the way up to the dumping sites. It stenches, pollutes the environment, attracts birds, poisons the groundwater and makes the neighborhoods a living hell.
Recycling has been a great option. Large scale waste recycling plants are being set up and operated by municipalities to make compost out of this. But there is huge cost factor involved along with considerable disadvantages. Transporting the food waste from the point of the heap to the plant site is one expensive proposition. However in face of the large volumes of waste food generated every day, the reprocessing plant capacity generally falls short of the purpose; so the surrounding of the plant becomes a dumping site creating environmental hazards. Eventually what happens that the problem is addressed partially. Besides operating one or two big plants involve big money not only in initial investment but in day-to-day running too. Despite massive expenditure, the problem is not solved effectively.
The solution is GWR machine developed by Clean India Ventures. It is a small but very effective machine which recycles the food waste into compost at the very point of the garbage heap. Image a city having a couple of dozens of GWR installed at the major points of garbage generation such as large size mess, residential colonies, group housing societies, canteens, and hotels. GWR recycles the discarded food into compost at the very point. These machines do not create any pollution of their own. They nearly eliminate the need to transport the waste. They are easy to install and can be operated by three or four semi-skilled hands. Above that, the compost which is produced as by-product can be sent to farms increasing their fertility the organic way besides fetching revenue for the operators.
The time has come to apply innovative ideas to fight the menace of organic waste. In the present scenario, GWR is a promising remedy.