GIS – 27 August 2013: The Maurice Ile Durable (MID) Fund proposes to launch around mid October 2013, the second phase of the Household Compost Scheme, following the enthusiasm shown by the population for household composting, which is a natural way to contribute to sustainable development in the country,
In this context, the MID Fund, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, is inviting bids from local firms for the supply and delivery of 10,000 high density polyethylene compost bins. Moreover the last stages of a survey are under way amongst those who have benefitted from the Scheme to see how the second phase could be improved.
In June 2013, the Commission on MID had proceeded with the distribution of a total of 11 067 compost bins across the country, including one thousand in Rodrigues. The household composting scheme was supported by the MID Fund and the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, in partnership with the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare.
According to the conditions of the scheme, those interested to obtain a free 220-litre capacity compost bin had to submit evidence that they have a garden or green space and undertake to respect the charter of agreement. They also had to pay Rs 200 for a two-hour mandatory training in composting. The training was provided by 90 volunteers, who have been formed by the Agricultural Research and Extension Unit, under the aegis of the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security.
Household Compost Scheme is designed to increase, to mobilise and encourage participation of the community in environmental conservation and management so as to mitigate the serious deterioration of environmental resources. It also aims to help local authorities to significantly reduce the volume of organic waste collected in the country.
Composting is a way of recycling that can reduce by a third the volume of waste produced by households. Household bins contain at least 60% of compostable organics and each Mauritian family produces between 400 kg and 600 kg of organic waste per year. According to the Commission on MID, composting has helped reduce some 35 000 tonnes of waste that would initially have been transported to Mare Chicose landfill station. The decrease noted in the production of household waste is the result of awareness campaigns carried out by the relevant authorities..
All wastes have both economic and environmental impacts, and home composting is an excellent way to help protect the environment. Composting reduces landfill and greenhouse gas emissions and improves the productivity of the soil and the quality of water. It is a free fertilizer which is ready after three to four months and can be used in the garden or under trees and plants, providing the ground the nutrients it needs.
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