Having trouble finding buyers for compost, housing societies

Housing societies in Pimpri Chinchwad are saddled with tonnes of compost . Most societies are unprepared to use tonnes of fertiliser that keeps stacking up day after day .

As the civic body has made it mandatory for larger housing societies in Pimpri Chinchwad to convert their wet waste into fertilizer within their premises, many housing societies are saddled with tonnes of compost.Most societies are unprepared to use tonnes of fertiliser that keeps stacking up day after day and consumes space.We tried selling it to nurseries in the area.In fact, some farmers in Panchgani also bought it from us.

According to Uday Sabde, chair of the Park Royal Cooperative Housing Society, Rahatani, the farmers also prefer chemical fertilizers over organic.Sabde estimates that even after using it for their own garden, they have almost three tonnes of unused fertilizer.Our world includes 450 flats, which can be recycled with over 800 kg of compost per month.In 2018, we also installed a state-of-the-art onsite composting plant with a 15,000 kg capacity to satisfy the solid waste management requirements.

They must now think of post-processed fertilizer uses now that the PCMC has made composting machines mandatory.Possibly, they can buy it from us to use it in their gardens.It would be a win-win situation for both the individuals as well as the political body, he said.The subject was discussed at a meeting with Shekhar Singh, the civic director, earlier this week.

According to Dattatray Deshmukh, chairman of the Pimpri Chinchwad Cooperative Housing Societies Federation (PCCHSF), there needs to be clarity as to who falls under the category of bulk waste generators.It is often the communities that produce 100 kg of waste per day or have more than 80 flats that are being blamed.According to Deshmukh, the figures at other times are often different.PCMC deputy commissioner Ajay Charthank ar has given PCCHSF members a solution to the problem.