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Composting, a simple way to care for Mother Earth

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Mangaluru: For all those who tend to care for nature and wish to give a gift back to earth by adopting greener initiatives in their lives can simply take a first step towards it by using the composting technique.
Composting is when we accelerate the process of converting the organic waste from our kitchens into enriched soil food. The process involves recycling of decomposed organic materials into a rich soil known as compost. Anything that was once living will decompose. Basically, backyard composting is an acceleration of the same process nature uses.

By resorting to manufacturing of compost, these materials which otherwise would make it to landfills will avoid consumption of space and release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The numerous benefits of composting entails enriching soil, retaining moisture, suppressing plant diseases and pests, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers, facilitating the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus-a rich nutrient-filled material and reducing methane emissions from landfills thus lowering the carbon footprint.

There is a latest discovery that, the world temperature has increased by 2 degrees. Some say all efforts are futile but every bit of change helps the world last that much longer.

When families take up composting, it is deeply ingrained into children to care for the environment, to care for their community and take ownership of every action.

There are a number of ways to start the composting process; it begins with a simple step of segregating the wet and dry waste. Even though the waste is taken away from your house, that does not mean the problems end. The problem has only just begun. There is no need for organic waste to go to a landfill at all. When it could be easily converted into magic soil that if you don’t use, you could give to your local nursery or friends with green thumbs and those with gardens.

Nandini Raghuchandra, has recently taken up ties with an organization called Daily Dump, a company that has designed efficient and beautiful composting units that are of varied sizes, so much so that even apartments can get in on the composting train. The outlet you can purchase your compost material from, or visit to learn more is located in Bejai New Road. Reach 9901726182 to find your way to the outlet or to organize a talk on the vast impact of your actions on the planet through a simple act of segregation and community awareness.

Mangalore has the great opportunity to think outside the box and start from the scratch-adopting an effective waste management model from scratch is a great way forward. The world will sit up and notice, the more the place becomes a smart city with smart people. A worthy mention must be made of the company Citadel Developers, who first brought the concept of Daily Dump and waste segregation into Mangalore, for their residents at Woodville Apartments, through an educational programme for parents and kids. Since then, the interest in composting has increased tenfold.

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Anisha Raghuchandra

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