BBMP seeks help in streamlining processes at compost plants

Waste management expert likely to submit report

With repeated complaints from communities living around compost plants, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has now sought the help of a waste management expert to streamline processes at the plants, besides suggesting standards of operating procedure to be put in place.

According to senior officials in the BBMP, the Technical Guidance Committee suggested to the civic body to rope in N.K. Kuttiappan, executive president of LVK Environment Consultants, Coimbatore, for the exercise. They said Mr. Kuttiappan has over 20 years of experience in the field.

An official said the expert had already visited two plants – Chikkanagamangala and Karnataka Compost Development Corporation (KCDC). After visiting the Chikkanagamangala plant, he has sought the analysis of waste there.

Residents living near these plants have been complaining about odour and have alleged that standards of operating procedure are not being maintained by the plant’s managers.

“The expert had visited the Chikkanagamangala plant earlier this month and is likely to visit the KCDC plant in the coming week. He has already been given comprehensive data of both plants,” the official added.

The official admitted that the plants, which were earlier intended to process mixed waste, were not functioning to their capacity. With the High Court of Karnataka directing the BBMP to ensure only mixed waste is sent to the plants, some process revisions have to be made to improve efficiency.

The objective, apart from streamlining processes, is to also improve the recovery from waste. Currently, the waste recovery is just around 5%. “With the adoption of best practices, as suggested by the expert, the waste recovery can go up to 18%,” the official claimed.

BBMP's Special Commissioner (Solid Waste Management) D. Randeep said that the expert had been roped in to guide the civic body on various plant operations, such as how the waste is to to be received, different aspects of windrows management, the kind of aerators to be used, what the ideal cycle of compost is, what is to be done with the refuse derived fuel and the legacy waste.

“Once the best practices are in place, the BBMP's plants can function at their intended capacity,” he added.

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