National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) has acquired a machine to convert organic waste generated on the premises into compost that can be used as manure for the 4,000 trees on the campus.

The organic waste converter, with a capacity of 10 tonnes, was inaugurated on Wednesday by C.K. Mishra, Government of India’s Additional Secretary, Health and Family Welfare.

NIMHANS director P. Satishchandra said all the biodegradable waste, including dry leaves, paper and food waste generated on the hospital’s premises, kitchen and hostels, would now be turned into compost. The remaining biomedical waste, apart from glass and metal pieces and plastic, is being disposed as per the norms. The need for an organic waste converter was felt because of the large quantity of biodegradable waste generated in the hospital campus, he said.

“This machine was set up at a cost of Rs. 21 lakh. It will convert the waste into powder within 10 minutes. Water is then percolated through this powder to turn it into compost,” Dr. Satishchandra said. “We have 4,000 trees of various species in our 135-acre campus. The compost can be used to nurture them. If there is a surplus, we will think of selling it to others,” he said.

The director said the hospital has a 1.5 million litre sewage treatment plant. The treated water is being used for gardening and in water closets in hostels.

He said the institute will soon bring out a book on its flora and fauna.

The hospital also has a 1.5 million-litre sewage treatment plant

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