The southwestern district of Jashore has become a role model in garbage recycling through proper waste management, report agencies.
Under the project, first of its kind in Bangladesh, daily waste is being recycled into biogas, electricity and fertilisers. The Tk 230 million ‘Integrated Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility’ project under the Jashore municipality was implemented on nearly 14 acres of land in Shahartali.
The project is a concern of the “City Region Development Project,” funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB), German Development Bank and Swedish Development Co-operation Agency. Project Supervisor Jahangir Alam said that the decomposable waste materials such as fruit peels, vegetables etc are recycled into fertilizer.
He added that the preparation takes 28 days after which the fertilizer is processed and packed. “The rest goes to the biogas plant,” he said before adding that the biogas is used to produce electricity which in turn powers the plant area. Alam said that the non-decomposable waste such as plastic and polythene is dumped in the landfill and implementation of the project has changed the outlook of the area. According to those related to the projects, the plants have the capacity of producing four tonnes of fertilizer daily but it was currently producing 800 kg to 1 tonne.
Similarly, 400 cubic metres of biogas is produced despite the capacity of 720 cubic metres. The plants currently generate 200 kilowatts of power despite its 430-kilowatt capacity. Responding to queries on the full capacity not being used, Jahangir Alam said, “In order to reach the goals we have to collect twice the amount of waste.”
Jashore Municipality Mayor Jahirul Islam Chakladar said that the prices of the fertilisers will be fixed for sale as well as steps will be taken to process the non-decomposable materials. Jashore Science and Technology University Environmental Science Department Assistant Professor Dr Md Mahfuzur Rahman said that if the project can be scientifically implemented, better results can be expected.