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Housing societies to sell compost under ‘Harit’

THE ASIAN AGE. | SHRUTI GANAPATYE
Published : Jan 2, 2018, 6:36 am IST
Updated : Jan 2, 2018, 6:36 am IST

The civic ward officers will ensure the quality of the product being sold under the brand.

Housing societies use the compost they generate to maintain their kitchen gardens.
 Housing societies use the compost they generate to maintain their kitchen gardens.

Mumbai: After making waste segregation compulsory for housing societies, the Maharashtra government is all set to introduce Harit, a brand to make it easier for the societies to distribute and sell the compost they generate. As a part of the New Year initiative, the government has gotten the brand registered. This will help the societies in raising revenue from their compost.

Harit will be used to certify societies according to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and will also help the societies earn incentives. The civic ward officers will ensure the quality of the product being sold under the brand.

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“Harit will promote waste segregation and the conversion of wet waste into compost. The scheme will be implemented in the seven municipal corporations in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). These will include the civic bodies of Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Ulhas Nagar, Kalyan-Dombivili, Bhiwandi-Nizampur and Vasai-Virar,” said an official from the urban development department.

“The Harit is expected to help societies sell the compost they generate as products. It will also help teach societies to follow a green way of life,” the official added.

Harit will be introduced as the ‘Nature’s way of recycling waste through bio-degradation of wet waste, and turning it into valuable organic fertiliser.’ The government will help in the sale of the final products in the open market and also encourage them to use their produce themselves.

As the city generates about 8,000 tonne of waste every day, the government wants citizens to understand the importance of disposing off this waste in a scientific manner.

State’s move to help citizens earn revenue from waste.

Tags: urban development department, waste segregation, mumbai metropolitan region, harit