Thursday, June 09, 2005

BANGLADESH: Trash is Cash

At the Green Road Government Colony in downtown Dhaka, five Waste Concern employees go door to door collecting refuse from 800 households, hauling it by rickshaw vans to a nearby shed. There they sort out any inorganic material before placing the trash into five brick bins. With a little help from microorganisms, the natural climate here takes care of the rest, turning the heaps of rotting garbage into a valuable product: biofertilizer. Each month, the plant produces 3 million tons of bio-fertilizer, which sells for about $4 per kilogram. The revenue is enough to make the operation self-sustaining, covering production costs and providing well-paying jobs to employees.

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