On a daily basis, 5,000-10,000 devotees visit the Jhandewalan Temple. In fact, most of them offer ‘mata ki chunnis’ or flower garlands while praying inside the temple. However, did you know the temple generates nearly 200 kg of flower waste on a daily basis?
Jhandewala Temple: The story behind turning waste to compost
On Tuesdays and Sundays, the temple generates upwards of 500 kg of flower waste. Over the last year, though, the temple has been reusing the flower waste as compost. Moreover, the temple processes the flower waste every 15 days, creating 30 kg of compost on a daily basis.
The process of turning the flower waste into compost goes something like this:
- Firstly, the flower waste is crushed.
- Crushed material is then shredded with sawdust and bacteria.
- Lastly, close to 30 kg of compost comes out on a daily basis.
Additionally, the odourless result is in high demand with farmers from Haryana, local schools and Mandoli.
In fact, the Jhandewalan temple spends about INR 500 to run the machine. Which, frankly, is nothing compared to the INR 3,000 spent on transporting the waste to dump yards.
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