[Assam] Journalists to study garbage management
mikemahant at hotmail.com
Thu May 15 09:03:15 IST 2008
<I hear that in New York and such big cities in the US garbage/ sewage disposal is a big business for the Mafia (Chinese?)? Is it true?>
China is always out for a quick buck conversion .They have1.6 billion mouths to feed.They do it the hard way.And you can say HONESTLY.
Yes Waste Management is Billions++$ Business annually. Imagine 1st world consumption runs to $Trillion annually. Something has to give way ->> Throw!! Pay the garbage Collector>Clear out .ALL gadgets/dress/last year's GIFTS RECEIVED--- and the curse called the Water Bottle. China will buy and recycle the lot. India tried but gave up with (Grapes are sour) cry "Toxic Waste Dumping Won't be Tolerated".
Degree /scale of Waste management?
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Quick Indication of what needs to get rid of all junk in Guwahati;
# Allow more Ragpickers-- Win-Win. Right now most metal,most paper gets collected anyway
# Put Municipal "Throw Glass here" boxes and restart the Glass Factory(Remelt)
# Force All Marriage Halls/Hotels/Eateries/Colonies to allow piggeries collect all (avoidable) wastes
# Restart what was promised 10+ years back"Power From Garbage" duringAGP days-- but make it Technologically win-win Gasifier.
# Create an enligtened precedent: Will before death "Cremate me at the GUAHATI IGCC Gasifier"
> Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 03:20:35 +0100> From: uttamborthakur at yahoo.co.in> To: assam at assamnet.org> Subject: Re: [Assam] Journalists to study garbage management> > Mahanta Da> > Can it be done in the low lying (due to raising of road levels and the beds of natural drains) flood prone parts of Guwahati? A good percentage of the city comes under this description. The other relevant point has been indicated by Chandan Da ( i.e. space constraint) and as frequents Guwahati I think he is of the opinion that it is do-able despite that.> > Though I do not want to sound like a skeptic, the journalists should make sure that whatever is indicated by them as imperative in their report (that has received so much attention even before it has been hatched) is translated into action. Because, the State has more or less abdicated its responsibilities and most of the NGOs are no saints. Chandan Da's proposal ( and Mahanta Da's indications) have highlighted the 'profit orientation' of the conversion to compost and this angle may be taken into account so that its organic garb attracts private investors with a profit motive. > > I hear that in New York and such big cities in the US garbage/ sewage disposal is a big business for the Mafia (Chinese?)? Is it true? > > mc mahant <mikemahant at hotmail.com> wrote:> > Journalists will do immense good to mass- publicize this simple do-it-at -home promo from Chandan Mahanta as a preliminary to High-Tech/Big-money Action plan for SWM for Guahati.> > Nava Thakuria can request Chandan for a simple pictorial "do this>then do that>and finally get compost for double benefit" annexure -which can be given many-weeks' repeat coverage in papers/TV.> > Only then can the point be driven fully home .They vaguely know it already.This will consolidate. > > Underline " Separate food wastes to bring double gain at all homes" -rather than choke up the Municipal Solid Waste Management Plant(if and when).> mm> > -------------------------------------------------------------> Date: Wed, 14 May 2008 09:05:01 -0500> To: navathakuria at rediffmail.com; assam at assamnet.org> From: cmahanta at charter.net> Subject: Re: [Assam] Journalists to study garbage management> > Allow me to throw in one little suggestion:> > Rotting vegetable/plant and other organic waste is a major problem > in South Asian cities and towns. More so during the rainy season.> > It can be immensely mitigated and very easily too, IF every household > that lives on the ground floor or have access to a small yard or a > flat roof, COMPOSTS their vegetable/plant/organic waste. The compost > can be recycled to enrich the soil and the foul smelling, scavenging > animal attracting street dumps would be vastly reduced.> > In a densely populated urban environment the composting must be done > in a contained environment, as opposed to piling up in a corner of > the yard, which does not allow effective "digestion" of the material > by> aerobic bacteria, becomes an eyesore and provides shelter for rats > and other vermin.> > How to do it?> > Simplest way is to build three containers, contiguous to each other, > with bamboo 'jewra' lined with 'dhari', each about 30" wide X 30"long > X 30" high. During the rainy season, they should be covered by a> sheet of poly-film supported by a bamboo framework.> > Why three? Because once the first one gets full and the contents are > partially decomposed, it can be moved into the second one with a > pitch-fork. The turning of the contents will further accelerate > decomposition in the second chamber. When it gets full the "ripe" > compost can then be forked over into the third for storage and use in > the garden.> > Two chambers will suffice if the household does not generate too much waste.> > Those who do not have a yard or only a small one or have a flat roof, > can use a metal or plastic drum, about 2' in diameter X 3' long, with > a closable window ( by cutting> out a 12" X 12" section on the side, > then attaching it back with hinges and lips and a latch. These can > be mass produced by a water-tank manufacturer, or by an individual > equipped to perform simple welding/soldering tasks. The drum can be > placed on a pair of X-type supports, and rotated once a week or so to > accelerate decomposition. There should be a few holes opposite the > window and on the ends to allow air to enter and fluids to drain out.> Good air movement is essential to prevent ROTTING. Waterlogging also > will cause rotting and create bad odors.> > Sophisticated drum compost bins have a handle with a simple gear > mechanism to facilitate easy hand cranking for rotating.> > BTW, the composting process is NOT the same as ROTTING. Composting is > done by aerobic bacteria by digesting the organic material. Rotting > is the opposite of that--prevention of bacterial digestion due to> absence of air in tightly packed dumps and steeped in too much > moisture or> water.> > When the material is lying around too loosely in a corner dump, the > heat generated by bacterial decomposition cannot be utilized > effectively to accelerate the process. And too dry an environment in > the loosely packed dump will not even start the bacterial digestion > process.> > I can provide designs for both if someone wants to take up the project.> > We have been composting all our kitchen and yard waste for over thirty years.> > CAUTION: Do NOT place meat waste or pet excreta in your compost bins. > Fish waste is fine. Cow dung is GREAT additive.> > > > > > > > > > > > > > At 6:48 AM +0000 5/14/08, Nava Thakuria wrote:> >Journalists to study garbage management> >> >GUWAHATI, May 11: Guwahati Press Club has decided to study the > >problem of garbage management in Northeast with special reference to > >biomedical wastes. This was stated in a press release.> >This is a known fact that Guwahati is the crowded city with a > >population of nearly 20,00,000 and> produces heaps of garbages > >everyday. More over, the city has emerged as a health care hub for > >the state as well as for the seven neighbouring states serving more > >than three crore people.> >One can easily imagine the quantity of hazardous biomedical wastes > >that the hospitals and pathological labs produce in a single day.> >But unfortunately enough, the city does not have an adequate modern > >system to deal with the situation.> >Though the Ministry of Environment and Forests (GoI) issued > >Municipal Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules in 2000, the > >present state of garbage management system in Guwahati is not able > >to cope-up with the need of the time.> >The study will cover all aspects of garbage management in the city. > >A group of journalists will take the initiative and finally compile > >a comprehensive report in English on the issue. 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