Compost to Fertilizer

A French company will set up a plant in Chikkanagamangala to treat 500 tonnes of dry waste every day to produce 8 to 10 megawatts of electricity

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) got some relief in the matter of solid waste management as the French company that signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Palike will be treating 500 tonnes of dry waste per day starting December.

The company will be setting up a waste-to-energy plant in Chikkanagamangala that will convert 500 tonnes of dry waste to energy and produce about 8 to 10 megawatts of electricity. The company will sell the energy to Karnataka Power Transmission Company Limited (KPTCL).

According to BBMP, the company will set up the plant and the Palike will not have to pay tipping fee for the disposal of mixed waste at the plant. The French company 3WAYSTE will also convert the waste to compost and fertilizer for 30 years.

BBMP has set the guidelines that the company should sell the electricity produced at the plant to KPTCL at Rs7.08/KWH for a fixed period. BBMP will only provide unrestricted access to the project site that has been identified in Chikkanagamangala.

BBMP will also get additional revenue by selling the compost produced at the plant to the agriculture department at Rs 2,500 a tonnes of compost. It will also get Rs 800 a tonnes as subsidy from the government for the wet waste that will be produced from the mixed waste supplied to the plant.

Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, BBMP Chief N Manjunatha Prasad said, “The plant will be set up by December this year and this will treat about 500 tonnes of dry waste a day and convert it into energy. BBMP will not be receiving any revenue from this and this will make it easier for us to treat the waste. However, the conditions have been set to sell the energy produced at the plant at the cost of Rs7.08/KWH,” he said.

Speaking about the advantages of the plant, Prasad said, “The city produces about 3,500 to 4,000 tonnes of waste every day and the BBMP has employed a lot of manpower and money for the disposal of waste. After all this, the waste goes nowhere but to the landfills. With this plant operational, BBMP can focus on other divisions while we also get the energy.”