Parks to get 43 waste shredders

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). DH file photo

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike will set up waste shredder machines in parks to chop the dry leaves. The shredded leaves will compost faster than the traditional method of composting the dry leaves.

The horticulture department plans to set up 43 such machines in various parks. According to the civic body, these machines will chop the dry leaves into very small pieces.

Gangadhar Swamy S, Deputy Director of Horticulture Department, BBMP said: “The shredder machine helps the decomposition process by reducing the volume of leaves. The powder of dry leaves by the shredder machine will be converted to compost within 30 days. Once the compost is ready, it can be used as manure in the parks.”

The civic body will call the tender to procure the machines and the cost to install them would be around Rs 2 to 3 lakh.

“The machine will also powder the small branches along with leaves. The zone-wise executive project department will call the tender and 43 machines would be set up on pilot biases. After looking at the outcome, we will introduce them in all the parks,” he added.

Freedom Park, located in the Central Business District, will get the first machine by next month.

“The Palike is already in the process of setting up the machine in Freedom Park. By next month, city’s first machine will be operation here,” said Gangadhar Swamy.

The machine requires a large space. So the equipment can be installed only in big parks. Dry leaves and small branches, coconut shells and fronds, banana leaves, flower garlands, food and vegetable waste, dry leaves and garden waste can be effectively managed with this system. 

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