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United India Apartments, East Delhi: From waste to solid savings

Posted: Jun 08, 2017     By Praveen Dwivedi

If green is the word, residents of United India Apartments, a CGHS in Mayur Vihar Ph I Extension, swear by it. Why? They used kitchen remains to make home-grown fertiliser.

City Spidey had earlier done a report to on how the managing committee had asked the residents to donate vegetable waste from their kitchen to the society, instead of giving it away to garbage collectors.


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The composting pit


The collected vegetable waste was then left to decompose in eight 3x6 ft pits along the boundary wall. A vegetable layer was alternated with a layer of gobar khaad. The pits were then left covered in that state for the next two months.

Today, when the gardener of the society opened three of those pits, fully-formed home-made fertiliser stood ready!

The society which used to spend around Rs 50,000 every year for buying organic fertiliser will no longer need to do so.


A covered compost pit

Purusottam Bhatt, president of the managing committee, said, “We spent only Rs 2,000 to buy gobar khaad — that’s it. Now, we will use our home-grown fertiliser in our four gardens.”

Bhatt further said, “If you are using organic fertilisers, you will need to water the plants more. But home-made fertiliser poses no threat to the plants, and you don’t need to use more water. I thank all the residents of my society for their cooperation in this unique initiative.”


TAGS: United India Apartments / CGHS / Mayur Vihar Ph I Extension / Home-Grown Fertilisers / Residents / Kitchen Waste