Community Composting is one of the most sustainable ways of managing organic waste by a group or community of people. It is a rewarding activity that makes sense of valuable resources which are often considered as "garbage" or "rubbish".
Why Compost?Tons of organic waste generated can be converted into a valuable manure which you can utilize to grow your own organic food in your own organic garden or farm.
Your dustbin will smell much sweeter as the organic waste is segregated and is utilized for compost making; sorting the recyclable waste becomes a lot easier.
Composting helps to reduce the amount of waste being sent to the landfills thus reducing the pollution from sites.
When heaps of compost is created it encourages and improves sustainability of wildlife such as grass, worms, snakes, hedgehogs and many other wildlife creatures. These creatures help enhance the natural recycling process of the soil.
Now, lets talk about the community composting options:
The mother of all gods
A hymn in the Rig Veda mentions that Aaditi is the progenitor of the human race. The hymn talks about life coming out of Bhu(earth), and then going back to it, signalling the cycle of life and death and the fact that matter is recycled again and again. Our community composting solution is an ode to Aaditi.
Aaditi comes in 3 Primary Sizes
Aaditi 800 has a capacity to hold 800kgs of waste.
Aaditi 1200 has capacity to hold 1200kgs of waste.
Aaditi 1500 has capacity to hold 1500kgs of waste.
Comes in two variants 1)leaf composter 2)kitchen waste composter.
Bin can be partitioned to handle half the waste or make 2 sections.
Aaditi - Benefits
- Ergonomically designed for easy handling of waste ensuring that waste need not be lifted above waist level.
- Shredded waste composts faster but in the event of non availability of a shredder, works perfectly fine if waste is not shredded.
- Designed for hassle free harvesting of compost. Just drop a side and shovel compost directly into sacks or drums. No need to lift.
- No need for cemented floor or covered roof. Can handle heavy rains. Place it in the ornamental or in your herb garden, next to security desk, near the dog house or near each block.
- This versatile bin can be used for Vermicomposting too.
Aaditi 800 Leaf composter - Rs 14,000/-
Aaditi 800 Composter - Rs 23,300/-
Dimensions - 24”X32”X26”
Aaditi 1200 Leaf composter - Rs 17,000/-
Aaditi 1200 Composter - Rs 25,300/-
Dimensions - 32”X40”X34”
Aaditi 1500 Leaf composter - Rs 22,000/-
Aaditi 1500 Composter - Rs 29,800/-
Non essential Additionals
- Lid = Rs 2,500/-
- Partition = Rs 2,100/-
All taxes and transportation of composters and consumables are extra.
Household wet waste generated is 12kgs per day = Aaditi 800 + partition
= Rs 25,400/-
Household wet waste generated is 25 kgs per day = 2 X Aaditi 800 or aaditi 1500 + partition = 46,600/- or 31,900/-
Household wet waste generated is 40kgs per day = 2 X Aaditi 1200 = 50,600/-
For 50 kgs of shredded garden waste per day and kitchen waste of 400kgs per day (10 blocks of 30X 3; 40X 4; 50X3 blocks) = 3 X Aaditi 800 + 4 X Aaditi 1200 + 3 X Aaditi 1500 + 10 aaditi leaf composters = 4,80,500/-
Stonesoup Compost maker blocks 5kg X 6 sack. Has to be protected from rain/ water before usage. 1 block for 5kg can handle 50 kgs of wet waste. Cost of sack = Rs 2100/-
How to use
Stonesoup Microbial compost culture. 1 litre can handle 1000 kgs. To be handled with care to avoid spoiling of culture. Cost of 1 litre is Rs 4000/-
How to use
1.Start with a base of dry leaves. Put a layer of wet waste, spray diluted SMCC and cover it with dry leaves
Always start with option 1. Easy and requires lesser commitment from housekeeping. After 6-9 months, slowly transition to Option 2.
Temple Leaf and Flower Composting
Community Garden Leaf Composter
Temple Leaf and Flower Composting or street leaf composter
Metal Mesh Composter
- Size: Approx. 5 ft diameter x 5 ft height (based on space or rectangular with max breath of 2.5ft and height of 5ft or 3ft dia)
- GI mesh 1 sq. Inch, Epoxy coated
- Cement Hollow block as base for rodent proofing. or should be kept on cemented floor. or raised bottom with 4-6 inch legs.
- Processing time – 1st Batch Manure / compost to be ready in 6 – 8 months
- Power Consumption: Nil
- Protect from Sun & Rain not required
- Recommended for Garden leaves and pooja flowers only (look for the slide on how you can add other material)
Lid recommended when installed in a street
Garden Waste Composting
Set 30 cement blocks to prepare a platform on which leaf composter will be set up
2.20 sacks crushed dry leaves to be filled into each leaf composter
Add 10 kg of kitchen waste compost
Soak one block of Stonesoup compost maker / Bioclean (5kg) supplied and add it into the leaf composter
Dilute 1 liter of EM solution provided in a bucket (20 ltr) of water and sprinkle on leaf composter
Add two sacks of crushed dry leaves (Dry leaves collected from the temple/ streets, crushed in a sack).
Add old flowers, Tulasi into the leaf composter. it would be great if the flowers are separated from the thread, . If not, it can be added with thread. Threads can be removed during harvesting of compost.
Sprinkle water into the leaf composter.
To add vegetable peels, fruit peels, coffee ground, mix it with microbial cocopeat and then add it.
No food waste or non veg waste can be added directly - They can be added only in a semi composted state or waste that is composted for 2 weeks in a composter.
Pros and Cons of Different Approaches
- Alternative to Stonesoup brick: 1Litre cow urine or 10 litre cow dung slurry (Once in 3 months ideal)
- To layer with kitchen waste or not. Garden leaves only does not have a nitrogen source. possible sources are flowers. (Other options fruit and vegetable peels, coffee tea grounds - these have to be mixed with SCMB to avoid fruit flies and smell.)
- Bottom plate and legs or cement blocks - bottom plate can be an FRP sheet with holes and not made of metal. both options are work well.
- Only leaf waste - After 6 months the output will be leaf mulch and can be used as mulch around the plants / trees.
- Leaf waste and SCMB - After 4 months it can be used as compost and also used as potting mix
- Leaf waste and cow dung - After 4 months it can be used as compost and also used as potting mix
- Shredding - can accelerate composting cycle time. Also improves the air circulation of the aerobic pile.
- Leaves to be added daily. Twigs can be added too. prevent dry waste like plastic and paper and big branches getting into leaf composters.
- Water daily except during rainy season. approx 1 litre for a 5feet diameter composter. make it 2 liters during summer.
- Tiramisu or layering required. Monthly once, If flowers are not added, then composted kitchen waste can be added - about 6 -10 inch layer. Accelerators like vegetable, fruit waste/ semi composted material/old compost/EM solution / Stonesoup Compost maker blocks / bioclean blocks / Cowdung slurry or Urine to be added which will help in faster and more efficient decomposition..
- Veggie fruit peels to be added in center away from side and covered with leaves
- Green shrubs can be added after cutting into small pieces with a shear which provide heat to the composter.
Where To Buy
1. End to end suppliers -
- Soil and Health Vasuki Iyengar - 9845690778
- Stonesoup - Smita 9845832311
- Daily Dump - Ravi 9945093095
2. You can also do it yourself
- Get your local fabricator to make the leaf composter
- Stonesoup compost maker 5 kg blocks, EM solution and Neem powder available with
- stonesoup saathi
- Just organics store
- Bhoomi organics store
- Hasirudala - Bioclean blocks
- Cow dung. Speak to a local cow shed (every ward seems to have one!). get them to make some cow pats (blocks put on wall to dry) for you. Easy to store . Use these instead of fresh cow dung.