To solve the problem of getting rid off fallen leaves, the Horticulture Department in Bengaluru has set up eight leaf composting machines in Cubbon Park.
Another park, Lalbagh is also planning to compost leaf waste, as it is almost impossible to clear dry leaves spread across over 200-300 acres of area.
• The leaf composting machines promise quality compost within just four months.
• The traditional methods undertaken by the park authorities up until now took at least one and half years to complete the same job.
• The Horticulture Department has installed eight leaf composters in both Cubbon Park and Lalbagh, each having a capacity of 2,000 litres.
• To begin, the department would be using smaller leaf composters, which would be able to presently clear only 5 per cent of the leaf waste.
• The bigger composters would be able to take in almost 80% of the park's total leaf litter.
Speaking on the development, Joint Director of Horticulture Dr Jagadeesh stated that the department decided to try the method on the suggestion of the solid waste management expert Ramakanth. He further stated that if it works then they would be opting for bigger composting pits.
• The current size of one pit would be about 5x5 feet in diameter and height.
• The pit would be able to store around 2000 kg of leaves brought in by two tractors.
• Elements like neem cake powder, coco peat, a micro-organism solution and water would be used to decompose the leaves.
• Within 4 months, around 300 kg of manure is expected to be ready for use.
The move was essential, as both Cubbon and Lalbagh produce several tonnes of dry leaves, which are not only difficult to be cleaned but also pose the risk of catching fire.