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Composting at home in India – “The Daily Dump”

Bangalore produces over 2000 to 3000 tonnes of waste everyday. The centralized government composting plant can handle only 500 tonnes per day. The rest reaches dumps that are illegal.

In just five years the Daily Dump team has helped over 4,500 customers in Bengaluru to compost household waste in terracotta pots, and these customers keep around 5,522kg of organic waste out of landfills every day. What is remarkable about Poonam Bir Kasturi’s waste management process is its simplicity, and the cleverly designed terracotta pots add a touch of earthiness to it.

Poonam Bir Kasturi with her terracotta pots.

Bengaluru’s Poonam Bir Kasturi, a former student of the National Institute of Design, has one obsession: that of managing kitchen waste. She is the brain behind Daily Dump, that turns our daily garbage into nutrient waste. Since waste management is not “sexy enough” for most people, she has designed attractive and innovative terracotta pots in which the waste can be managed.

See the article about Poonam here.

See the Daily Dump website here.

Neighbourhood composting on the streets of India

Composting for apartments/flats in India

Composting at home in India


1 Joanne { 01.23.12 at 4:37 am }

What a great idea! In The Netherlands, kitchen waste is picked up bimonthly by the city, but it is not very clear how and where that organic waste is used by the government or its inhabitants.

2 Olivia makumbi { 01.26.12 at 11:34 pm }

This is a great idea of composting which can be user friendly to most housewives who find the conventional method of composting in dug pits very cumbersome! I wonder if here in Uganda we could use our earthen pots to get organic manure from kitchen refuse!

3 Anupama { 02.06.12 at 2:39 am }

Hi Olivia to answer your question – you could use locally available earthen post to do composting. Pl visit this link on our website and download “Convert Matka to Khamba” to create your composter. Then follow the “How to use khamba” ppt (on the same page) to compost your kitchen refuse. do tell us when you harvest your first batch of compost.