Worship is an integral part of human life and floral offerings are an integral part of worship. Unfortunately, when the flowers dry or decay, disposal of these once-beautiful offerings become a sore issue. Flower wastes are also dumped-in into the river which causes adverse effects on the river ecology, making a foul smell along with a breeding center for a variety of microbe-related diseases. This is the problem throughout the Indian subcontinent. The flower waste and another biowaste from temples can be recycled and can be given back to nature.
While examples of domestic, organic, temple and agricultural wastes such as rotten fruits, peels from vegetable processing, flower trimming, agriculture residue, etc. are biodegradable, if not managed properly, it causes severe nuisance like water and land pollution through its decomposition and nutrient leaching. Managing floral waste from the temple is the need of the hour as huge amounts of marigold flowers are offered in temples in India, creating a massive amount of waste.
The appropriate management of such waste could provide as resource material by converting it into organic compost. Taking a big leap on the path towards Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Clean India Ventures provides an outstanding solution to convert the biodegradable organic waste into compost. Flowers and other rejects/ biowaste, dry leaves & branches, decaying, decaying fruits and vegetables which are disposed of from temples can be easily converted to compost by Green Waste Reprocessor (GWR) machine that re-cycles Green Waste, Flower Waste, and Food Waste into organic compost. Looking into the hazardous impact of improper waste disposal in the environment, our emphasis is to extract the valuable compost suitable for potted plants, kitchen gardens, and lawns; Fuel Sticks that are used in special Bio-Stoves and Havan Samgri. The procedure not only helps in reducing the carbon footprint but also is a form of tribute to Mother Nature which has provided us with such a precious life.
The potentiality of conversion of temple floral waste for extracting various valuable compost is not only huge but the project also has valuable hidden benefits that will not only boost the economy but also is a boon for an environment that is the cause of great concern in today’s scenario as the air and water pollution is at an all-time high. The hidden benefits include employment opportunities, reduction of natural resource usage, no need for landfill sites, creation of entrepreneurs, clean cooking, and most importantly a business model with a social conscience. Considering the hazardous impact of improper waste disposal on the environment, the GWR works the best method to extract valuable compost, thus properly managing the wastes, which by means of total recycling leads to environmental sustainability. Considering the potential environmental and economic benefits, Temples all across India shall consider installing the GWR machine within their premises to ensure a clean environment of worship as there is a saying ‘Cleanliness is the part of the faith’.