The country’s first compost plant, which would convert organic waste into fertiliser, will be inaugurated today (Friday). The plant has been set up at Mahmood Booti near Band Road with the financial assistance of a multinational company on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis for 25 years.
City District Government Lahore (CDGL) officials told that the plant, bought from Belgium, would transform around 20 percent of the city’s waste, around 1,000 tonnes of garbage, daily into 250 tonnes of organic fertiliser.
Lahore Compost (Private) Limited is a Saif Group company, operating in the field of environmental management. The company has set up its first composting plant at Mahmood Booti under an agreement with the City District Government Lahore (CDGL). The project has been setup on Build-Operate-Transfer basis, whereby the project will be transferred to CDGL after a period of 25 years. This is the first public-private project in Pakistan on such a large scale in the area of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) recycling.
The project will utilize organic content of MSW, mainly consisting of household kitchen waste, to convert it into compost (organic fertilizer) through a process of 70 to 90 days. Compost is a 100% naturally rich organic amendment used for improving the performance of all types of soils. It contains no synthetic chemicals; its natural occurring nutrients are derived slowly from the raw material used. Rich in valuable micro-organisms and humus content, it can be used for wide range of agricultural fertilizer.