The world’s first composting plant under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) set up in Bangladesh, WWR Bio Fertilizer Limited, launched its organic fertiliser in the city yesterday.
The 12-million Euro organic fertiliser plant, a joint venture of Waste Concern (Bangladesh) and World Wide Recycling (Netherlands) set up at Bulta, Narayanganj, is registered by the CDM board under the Kyoto Protocol on climate change combat.
The plant, the first of its kind in the country, uses vegetable wastes from the city’s Karwan Bazar kitchen market as raw material.
To mark the launching of the product, the Netherlands Embassy in Dhaka and FMO (Netherlands Development Finance Company) jointly organised a presentation on the FMO activities in Bangladesh and the project at The Daily Star conference room yesterday.
Iftekhar Enayetullah, director of Waste Concern, said in his presentation that the government recently approved the ‘Waste Concern Jaiba Sar’ as per the bio-fertiliser standard of 2008.
The plant was inaugurated in November last year and has been using 10 tonnes of organic wastes daily, taken directly from Karwan Bazar kitchen market in the city.
The market generates 45 tonnes of wastes per day on average and from April onwards, the plant will be composting all this waste. It has a capacity to treat 100 tonnes of waste and produce around 35 tonnes of fertiliser daily.
Enayetullah said a total of 13,300 tonnes of biodegradable waste was generated in the DCC area per day in 2005 and that amount is predicted to increase to 47,664 tonnes by 2025.
At least 70 percent of the DCC wastes are biodegradable, he pointed out.
The project, co-financed by FMO, Netherlands government and other local and Dutch financial institutions, is registered and approved by the CDM.
The process will help reduce carbon emission by 90,000 tonnes per year and this will have a positive impact on the environment.
Dutch ambassador Bea Ten Tusscher said at the launching that this is a wonderful example of how the CDM project will reduce carbon emission and improve the living standard of people.
The current project aims at setting up two more plants by 2010 to have a total capacity of handling 700 tonnes of waste from the DCC kitchen markets daily.
WWR Managing Director Jan Boone, FMO Director R Brouwer and FMO CEO Nanno Kleiterp among others also spoke at the presentation moderated by The Daily Star Managing Editor Syed Fahim Munaim.
Source: The Daily Star, 22 March 2009