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Soul: Zero waste villages - “A project to help families turn food and kitchen waste into compost”

  • WORDS DESY NURHAYATI PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROTARY CLUB

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 30 2016   /  10:59 am

It has long been common practice for families to dump their organic waste in the backyard for pigs or cows to feed on, instead of collecting the waste to create compost. This habit attracts houseflies, rats, cockroaches and many insects.

Many households even dispose of organic waste with their general rubbish, which is then taken to the land fill. Some simply burn all their waste.

Estimates claim that 65 percent of waste is organic, 7 percent recyclable (plastic & glass) and the remaining 8 percent is unusable or toxic. Current practices are very unhealthy and affect surrounding living conditions.

To create a healthier environment, Rotary Club in Bali has taken the initiative to educate local people on how to handle organic food waste using fermentation in an anaerobic system (without oxygen) to turn it into compost.

The organization has also formed the ...