Smoke rises from a wasteland as the sound of pitchforks hits the earth. Piles of decay are turned, stoked and fed. The crisp winter air chills those gathered as a long stemmed thermometer inserted into the muck reads 140 degrees.
“That’s a good sign,” noted Eddie Shaw.
Thrice weekly, Shaw and other composters travel to Braddock, the once-towering steel city, to help out urban gardening projects back in Pittsburgh. Remnants of the borough’s facade remain, as the Edgar Thomson Steel Works backdrops those gathered. With the still-operating steel mill humming, the visiting composters set to work.
Shaw heads over to the rear of a borrowed pickup truck. Resting atop the bed are multiple 18-gallon plastic tubs. He unloads the receptacles and opens a lid. Inside he finds gourds, avocados and leafy greens. Aryn Gaslowitz, another composter, explains that the unwanted scraps were collected a day earlier from the East End Food Co-op.
Shaw dumps the food waste into long brown piles resting above the earth. He and Gaslowitz are joined by Jeff Newman, owner of Steel City Soils; the three take pitchforks to the piles and continue the composting process.
Read more: The Jewish Chronicle – Composting in Braddock brings life amid decay
Huge amount of food get wasted in restaurants and hotels everyday in the national capital. This is a serious concern for a country like India, where many poor starve to death. To check this wastage, the New Delhi Municipal Council has taken a new technological initiative to convert organic waste into compost for agricultural and horticultural use.
Towards this direction, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the Solid Waste Management Organic Waste to Compost Process System at Malcha Marg Market on Friday.
This system named as ‘Foodie’ converts all organic waste of hotels and eateries into compost for horticulture and agriculture use.
While addressing the gathering Naidu said, ” I appreciate this new modern technological effort which is also an eco-friendly solution and this project is a step towards Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.”
“It will save the cost of collection, transportation and disposable of waste and will also reduce the landfill space which will contribute in controlling air and water pollution in Delhi,” he continued.
Read more here: http://www.iamin.in/en/new-delhi/news/foodie-malcha-marg-market-converts-organic-waste-compost-49753
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