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Composting Workshop

Composting Workshop

1.    What is Composting? Why Compost?

Composting is disintegration of biodegradable (wet) waste by natural agents like earthworms, microbes, fungi and other creatures. Composting breaks down complex substances into basic components. It can be in presence (aerobic) or absence (anaerobic) of oxygen. Aerobic composting by microbes or earthworms is preferred to generate manure from domestic and office wet waste.
Composting of office and residential waste ensures
 Preventing waste from reaching landfills reducing burden on city’s SWM system
Recovery and reuse of useful components
Manure from composting process for potted plants or garden of your premises

Return on investment by selling of manure in case of high amount of canteen waste composting for corporates .

 

2.     What can be composted? And How?

‘Wet’ waste such as cuttings of vegetables, fruit peels, leftover food; garden waste (leaf litter and twigs) can be composted. Even material like cloth and paper which largely contains organic components can be composted; however considering their recycling value they are best sent for reprocessing.

Compost units of various shapes, sizes, efficiency, cost, composting agents (microbes or earthworms) are available today. In addition to installation, most service providers train buyers or composting process and maintenance. Few agencies provide maintenance service as well.

 

3.     Before the Workshop

Check if your organization has a compost unit and its efficiency. The Unit can be used in the workshop for live demonstration and to assert organizational commitment to environment management. Plan content of on-site discussion  

 with the staff which will communicate with the workshop participants. Ensure adequate time and transportation facility if the compost unit is far from the workshop venue.

Discuss the workshop objectives, format, required resources, timeline, and ways to encourage employee participation with Green Champions team and subject experts.

Using ‘Resource Partners Directory’ from the ‘Resource Kit’ provided by CERE, contact service providers and organizations involved in awareness to invite them as Resource Agency. Ensure to communicate your objectives with the selected Agency to accomplish them.

Composting workshop needs equipments, space arrangements that allows everyone to comfortably see presentations and demonstrations etc.. Ensure to enlist every small and big requirement and understand what will be provided by the Resource Agency and what’s to be arranged by you.

Ensure permissions of Security and Administration departments for Resource Agency to bring in their equipments. Maintain communication with necessary departments on the day of workshop to avoid time wastage due to non-compliance of organizational procedures.

Composting can be done in various ways. Discuss and ensure with resource persons to briefly communicate various techniques, their advantages-disadvantages, and appropriateness with the participants.

 

4.     During the Workshop

Ensure following the workshop schedule to avoid dragging an delay for efficient time management. Encourage participants to raise queries and share information. Encourage employees who already are composting at home to share their experience. This will help to discuss the fact that composting is not very difficult, what challenges may be faced during start-up, and it has indirect benefits apart from obvious ones. Request resource persons to simplify technical jargons for better understanding of the participants. Focus on trouble-shooting during composting. Interactive activities will ensure intent participation of attendees. Ensure following photo-documentation and other formalities (attendance sheet, feedback form) during the workshop.

 

5.     After the Workshop

Share contact details of resource persons with the participants. A crispy report with images can be shared on organizational communication platforms (newsletters, intranet, magazine, notice board etc.) You may add other resource agencies from the Resource Kit in the report or communicate it with the participants. You may distribute take away material (already developed by resource agencies) among the participants. Ensure timely payment of remuneration to resource agencies/individuals. Your workshop participants and employees may contact them for further queries and support; hence maintain rapport even after the workshop completion.

 
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