Organic Waste Management: Simple yet Effective

INORA’s wet waste management solutions are really promising and effective for the city

On the backdrop of rapidly advancing technology and changing lifestyle, we need waste management solutions that are feasible and sustainable. INORA (Institute of Natural Organic Agriculture) is one such organization offering durable solutions of managing the waste.  Founded in 1990 by Late Prof. M.R. Bhidey and Dr. R.T. Joshi, INORA was further expanded by three women entrepreneurs namely Manjushree Tadvalkar, Nutan Bhajekar and Vrinda Panhalkar. INORA works on the biotechnological applications in farming and waste management, vermiculture being the main domain of waste management. Encouraging women workers, scientists and entrepreneurs and promoting socio-scientific research has been one of the basic motives of INORA.

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Team INORA at their product outlet office in Bavdhan, Pune.

 The journey of INORA

Sharing the common interest in environment, the three women started to develop an interdisciplinary model on vermiculture applications. Their efforts became fruitful when Department of Science and Technology of the government of India gave a grant to their projects ideas. Initially starting with the solutions to increase the soil fertility, INORA’s work was then expanded to waste management.  Today, the organization works in different sectors like waste management, garden- farming and organic farming while carrying out extensive research in these fields. They have to their credit a wide variety of products such as bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides, composting planters, etc.

Zero Garbage Techniques

INORA has been successful in initiating zero garbage techniques in about 8 villages of Maharashtra. Each of these villages have a collection of over 1.5 tons of waste (wet and dry segregated) from over 26,000 families in a day.  “Every individual should be aware of the waste segregation techniques; because a minute level of mixing of the wet and dry waste makes it non-recyclable leading to the increased amount of trash” says Tadvalkar. INORA has also developed the technique for creating fuel from plastic for these villagers. At present, there are more than 350 housing societies and 4,000 individuals working with INORA.

Composting the Biodegradable Waste

INORA has developed a rare waste management technique where the compost is created from organic waste materials and the same is used to grow vegetables, ornamentals, herbs, medicinal plants and vertical gardens in their composter planters.

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INORA’s Composter Planter for composting Organic Waste

Photo source: http://www.inoraindia.com/index.php/composter-planters/

Following are the specifications for using the composter planter:

  1. The solution is compact and fit into the urban household.
  2. 1 kg of kitchen waste can be treated per day.
  3. The compost generated can be directly used for creating a household garden.
  4. The product needs minimum care and does not need a harvest for at least 12 to 18 months
  5. It does not have any harmful effects such as the growth of pathogens, odours or attract pests.

Wet Waste Composting Box

The generation of waste depends on the lifestyle of an individual. It becomes a huge problem when the waste disposal system is functioning at a lower level than the amount of garbage generated. INORA’s Composting Box is a unique way to manage small as well as large amounts of wet waste.

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INORA’s Composting Box especially designed to manage the large amount of wet waste.

Photo Source: http://www.inoraindia.com/index.php/composting-box/

Following are the features of composting box:

  • The box can be positioned at any suitable location and is also movable.
  • It is ideally suited to be set up on terraces. This helps in space efficiency. Terrace area need not be waterproof
  • After location is identified, composting layers are set up inside the unit starting from the bottom with coconut shells, coconut husk, fibres or dried garden / agro waste, vermicompost bedding material, cow dung and earthworms.
  • Option of bio composting without the use of earthworms is also available.
  • Ergonomically designed for easy daily use.
  • A single box can meet the processing requirements of up to 12 households.

INORA, with its unending list of innovations is growing further day by day. It conducts a 3 month certificate course on vermi-technology in collaboration with Modern College, Pune.  With its progressive and unique solutions to manage the waste, INORA surely seems to give us a direction to move towards a zero garbage city.

-Filed by Omkar Nikam

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