Govt: ‘ULBs encouraged to compost MSW’

The Government is encouraging Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) to manage municipal solid waste in a scientific manner including processing waste –to-compost and other processes. The Government has introduced a policy on the promotion of City Compost wherein a Market Development Assistance (MDA) of Rs. 1500/- MT in the form of subsidy has been provided for scaling up production and consumption of city compost made out from city waste.

This information was given by minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Mr D V Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, reports India Education Diary.

Mr Gowda said that initially, marketing and promotion of city compost was done through the existing fertilizer marketing companies. Subsequently, compost manufacturers willing to market city compost were allowed to sell compost in bulk directly to farmers and claim MDA. The Minister provided the following year-wise production and sales position for the last four years as under (in MT):

Picture Credit: Philip CohenFood-scraps-compostCC BY 2.0

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