Freny Fernandes, TNN | Jan 1, 2015, 02.35AM IST
THANE: The residents of Thane’s Tarangan Towers set up a vermi-compost pit on New Year’s Eve to turn wet waste collected from their society into manure.
“The vermi-compost pit has been set up with a base of garden waste, fertile soil and earthworms and covered with wet gunny bags to keep the moisture level intact”, said Dr Leena Kelshikar, a resident of Tarangan Towers. “Everyday, the housekeeping staff will collect the segregated wet waste, lift the gunny bags, add the new waste to the already existing pile and cover it again with the wet gunny bag. This will be done till the pit is full. It will then be kept for 45 days during which the waste is put in the second pit. After 45 days, the manure gets ready for use,” she added.
Dr Kelshikar picked the concept from Kores Society who started a similar project two years ago. The residents of Tarangan Towers sought the assistance of Dr Lata Ghanshamnani, a resident of Kores Society, in their endeavour.
“Two housekeeping staff from Kores came to train the seven housekeepers in our society on how to work around the vermi-compost. Our housekeepers are very excited about the project,” said Dr. Kelshikar.
It is easy to blame the civic body for the filth in the city. People should realise that if they start pitching in, then TMC will be able to function more effectively, she added.