Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam has decided to treat garbage with bio enzymes to kill its odour and turn it into organic compost. The new technique has been introduced at the municipal garbage dump near Aala Hazat Haj House on GT Road on a pilot basis. The enzymes were first sprayed on January 3.
"Ghaziabad can't afford to depend on the existing means of garbage disposal and needs to embrace new techniques to make it more effective," said Ashu Verma, mayor of Ghaziabad.
The technique has been adopted from Art of Living, the spiritual organisation, which pioneered the method during the World Culture Festival-2016. The organisation collaborated with Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation to practice the same in Ghaziabad district.
The bio enzyme being used is made from domestic organic waste. "A large quantity of domestic waste is stored in containers for three months," explained a Swachh Bharat Mission worker who is a part of this initiative. "The waste ferments naturally, and the fluids produced from the waste further facilitates decomposition. The fluid is then extracted from the fermented waste contains the enzymes that are sprayed over garbage. The enzymes enrish the pile of garbage with bacteria, which helps transforms the garbage into manure, while keeping its odour in check."
"This technique has a long lasting effect on garbage because the bacteria have a tendency of multiplying quickly. Any vegetable and fruit peels can be used to create the enzymes apart from onion, garlic and ginger. "As much as 1 ml of enzyme is used in 1 litre of water for spraying," he added.
The production of this enzyme has been undertaken by a large number of AOL volunteers, who are preparing it in their homes. "This technique has been really effective owing to the fact that it weighs the garbage down and thus helps it settle, while expediting its transformation to manure," said an AOL volunteer.
Non-biodegradable waste like plastic, glass and polythene can be easily separated from the rest of the compost.
The second drive for spraying the garbage will be held at 10 am on January 7.