Air­port way ahead, be­gan com­post­ing over a yr ago

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: Won­der what hap­pens to that chicken makhni you left be­hind on your plate at the air­port restau­rant to rush for your flight, the fruit peels that were thrown into the bin as you waited for the de­par­ture call, the bot­tles chucked into the bin be­fore the se­cu­rity check? They all go through seg­re­ga­tion at the Mum­bai air­port. The BMC has set an Oc­to­ber 2 dead­line to seg­re­gate garbage and treat wet waste. But the Mum­bai air­port is al­ready on the green route since over a year when it be­gan seg­re­gat­ing waste and com­post­ing wet waste. The air­port has an Or­ganic Waste Con­verter, a bio-me­chan­i­cal com­post­ing sys­tem, to do the job.

“The Mum­bai air­port has 45 mil­lion pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling from the air­port an­nu­ally and they gen­er­ate a to­tal of 9 tonnes of waste daily, of which around 1.4 tonnes com­prises or­ganic waste like veg­etable and fruits peels and left­overs gen­er­ated from over 50 restau­rants, ter­mi­nal build­ing, con­ces­sion­ers and flight kitchens,” said a Mum­bai In­ter­na­tional Air­port Pvt Ltd spokesper­son. “MIAL be­gan com­post­ing wet waste in Jan­uary 2016.”

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