Devotees normally carry flowers to temples as offerings. After the rituals are over, the flowers usually end up in water bodies or are tossed out as rubbish, leading to pollution.
Two engineering students from Gujarat have come up with a project that will change the way these flowers are discarded.
Yash Bhatt and Arjun Thakkar, engineering graduates from Silver Oak Engineering College, Gujarat are attempting to convert organic offerings from temples into organic manure in a span of 15 days.
After trying out a number of machines for the purpose, the duo decided to make one of their own.
It all began when Yash and Arjun attended a lecture at the Gujarat Technological University (GTU) Innovation Council. They realised engineers could find solutions to rising societal problems.
Familiar with the problem of devotees’ offerings being disposed of loosely into water bodies, they soon came up with a project to convert organic waste into manure.
The project was funded by Gujarat Technological University (GTU)’s innovation council with a grant of Rs 95,000. Understanding that the project needed to be implemented at various temples, Yash and Arjun sent a proposal to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.
It sought permission to implement the project at temples in different wards of Ahmedabad. The authorities, including Mayor Brij Patel extended their support. The project aims to convert 300 kg of organic waste such as flowers, fruits etc. into 100 kg of organic manure daily, says Daily Hunt.
Yash and Arjun are now running a pilot project in the following wards – Bodakdev, Thatlej, Ghatlodia, Naranpura, and Navrangpura. The students have partnered with 22 temples and have provided them with individual bins to collect organic waste like flowers, coconut shells, and leaves. The manure produced will be sold at Rs 60 per kg.
In the future, Yash and Arjun plan to make incense sticks, rose water, and turn coconut waste into coco pits (a form of fertiliser). The products will be sold under a registered brand name, says The Better India.