MRPL Starts Facility to Convert 90 Tonnes Solid Waste Into 24 Tonnes of Compost

MRPL Starts Facility to Convert 90 Tonnes Solid Waste Into 24 Tonnes of Compost

January 26: A state-of-the-art vermicompost facility that can convert 90 tonnes of solid waste into about 24 tonnes of compost was inaugurated on the Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals (MRPL) campus here on Monday. Joint Secretary (Refineries), Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Sunil Kumar inaugurated the facility that has three vermicompost units set up at a cost of ₹ 1.4 crore.
MRPL campus spread over about 2,000 acres of land, generates significant amount of solid waste in the form of fallen leaves, cut grass, vegetable waste and office waste such as paper. MRPL chose vermicomposting technology as a means to converting nearly 90 tonnes per year waste into 24 tonnes of compost, worth about ₹ 12 Lakh. This process will not only help MRPL to manage solid waste but also provide quality manure for more than 500 acres of green belt that it nurtures inside the refinery

A special breed of worm Eudrilus eugeniae, also called the African Nightcrawler, is used in the vermicomposting process at MRPL. This species is native to tropical West Africa and is being chosen for this process due to its fecund growth and ability to decompost quickly. Each worm is capable of decomposting 4 kg of solid waste per day.

 

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