DMC recycling waste at dumpsite

DMC recycling waste at dumpsite
Landfill site of the Dimapur Municipal Council at Burma Camp. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUL 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/14/2018 11:45:53 PM IST
Facing tremendous pressure for not disposing off the garbage hygienically at the landfill site in Burma Camp ward No. 3 Dimapur, the Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) has now stepped up its responsibility by roping in an expert to recycle the piled up waste at the site.
Raaginii Jaain, a Swacch Bharat Mission national expert who is also empanelled by Ministry of Urban Development and Health, began recycling wastes at DMC’s landfill site on July 6. In seven days time, people living in the vicinity testified that there had been significant and visible change. 
“Earlier we faced tremendous problems because of flies, stench and worst of all the endless smoke caused by burning of the wastes but comparatively there are none of those problems and at this rate we hope we will be able to live a healthier life,” said a family living in the vicinity of the landfill.
The family revealed that they had experienced the recycling for the first time and which was being done properly and effectively.
DMC landfill supervisor Khehoto Awomi said the new method of recycling the waste had made their job easier as they were also able to perform their responsibilities more effectively.
In an interview to Nagaland Post, Raaginii expressed happiness at being able to bring back smiles on the faces of the nearby residents by recycling their waste with environmental friendly methods.
She informed that the recycling was done with the help of GE microbes, a harmless soil based bacteria produced and patented by Geetanjali Envirotech.
The microbe used in the recycling is a rare kind of molasses based bacteria which is non-hazardous, non-pathogenic, and one that works at a very quick pace. These microbes love organic matters found in sewages, garbage and waste materials, there they multiply rapidly and consume the stench of the waste matters once they come into contact with it, Raaginii said.
When organic matter in the form of garbage is left unattended it starts to rot thereby producing toxic gases like methane, ammonia, sulphur dioxide, etc. But these microbes, she added, control the moisture of their surroundings when they consume the organic matters left in the garbage which in turn stops the production of the harmful gases, this also helps in stopping the temperature from rising.
Raaginii said since the waste at DMC’s landfill site were old, it would take around eight weeks in total to complete the process. By then there will be a significant reduction in the volume after which there will be a screening process and eventually all the garbage will be completely sterilized, she said. 
After screening there will be less moisture, no pathogens or algae and then there will be further screening in different fractions where soil, stones, coarse materials (green waste) and compost will be segregated. The quality of the compost generated is of high value and it can be used for cultivation because it had been recycled by microbes and it is also under the permissible limits of Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO), she added.
Raaginii underscored that there was nothing to lose in the current recycling method, since the compost could be used in agriculture, the stones and soil can go to landfills and plastics can either be used in thermal power in the form of Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF) or for construction of roads since those plastics are totally disinfected while the remaining coarse material is good forest and agricultural lands because they consume the moisture.
“The current recycling process is in a very scientific manner and even the Nagaland Pollution Board Control is also involved as a third-party monitoring agency and every week we are analysing samples of the wastes collected before and after the procedure,” she added.
Raaginii disclosed that Dimapur was the 19th city where she was working in the field of bio-mediation and legacy waste and that in Gurgaon city she recycled a garbage pile of 35 metres high and 450 metres long and in four months time there was a reduction of 40 percent of the old waste while fresh waste was stabilized by 50 percent.
She commended the current DMC administrator Moa Sangtam for having genuine concern for the people and environment by finding the means to recycle wastes which had been left unattended for a long time. 
Besides working as a bio-mediation expert, Raaginii also specializes in legacy wastes where she build roads made solely out of plastic wastes and she suggested that since Dimapur roads were in a pathetic condition, the concerned department can think about building roads with plastic as it was cheaper, more durable and cost-effective.

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