If you have a garden in your backyard, the Marina may be the place to go. The Chennai Corporation has begun selling organic fertiliser at Rs. 20 per packet on the beach.
The local body is collecting vegetable waste directly from homes, composting it at dedicated yards and selling the fertiliser generated at outlets such as the one on the Marina.
Officials said on Saturday that they were also generating awareness on source segregation among those who bought the fertiliser.
The Corporation has started developing compost yards in burial grounds, parks and vacant lands near residential areas that generate huge amounts of vegetable waste. Each of the 200 wards will have at least one compost yard with a capacity to process 100 to 200 kg of vegetable waste. Larger parcels of land, including burial grounds and parks, have started generating huge amounts of organic fertiliser as facilities have been developed for processing at least one tonne of waste. Each of the zones has started generating two to three tonnes of organic fertiliser.
Major waste processing facilities have been commissioned in burial grounds in areas such as Nungambakkam, Krishnampet and Mylapore. “We have generated 5.5 tonnes of organic fertiliser in Teynampet zone using vegetable waste collected from residential areas such as Alwarpet, Mylapore and Nungambakkam. Eighteen pits with 1.2 tonne capacity have started operations in the Nungambakkam burial ground. We have generated one tonne of organic fertiliser in Nungambakkam, 520 kg in Krishnampet and 600 kg in the Mylapore burial ground,” said an official.
The compost is ready within 45 days of collection of waste from homes.
“The construction of the compost yards started three months ago. The packing and distribution of organic manure is set to improve. On the first day, we sold 120 packets of fertiliser at the outlet on the Marina,” said an official.
The city generates at least 5,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste per day.
According to estimates, at least two lakh homes in the city are expected to segregate vegetable waste to generate organic fertiliser. The civic body has appointed one official for each street to mobilise support for the initiative.