How to use a Khamba
What can go in the Aaga
Compost for everyone !
After 2 years of research on household waste behaviour, Poonam Bir Kasturi focuses on urban issues related to organic waste management by proposing solutions for homes, businesses, residences and gardens. She then launched her company, Daily Dump in 2006 with headquarters in Bangalore. The company has grown significantly and is now established in about twenty cities in India. The company has also opened a zero-waste shop, a secondary activity reflecting their desire to raise awareness on waste production.
The CirculAgromie team in front of an Aaga
Daily Dump offers different types of composters depending on the customer or organic waste profiles. For the food waste of private individuals, the company offers clay composters called “Khamba”. They are made by communities of potters who work with Daily Dump. Three painted terracotta pots, to be stacked, filled and then alternated. By combining aesthetics and practicality, the design of these composters plays a big part in the acceptance of composting in homes.
For larger producers such as residences, schools, etc., Daily Dump offers collective composters called “Aaga” as well as garden composters for leaves.
In addition to providing these composters, Daily Dump ensures the efficiency of the use of the device by training and accompanying the actors. Thus the success rate of the installation of Khambas in households is 90%.
With its composters, Daily Dump provides a mixture of coco peat and bacteria for faster compost maturation. Coco peat is a by-product from coconut farms. With this mixture, the compost becomes a real fertile compost ready for use. The compost often takes 1.5 months to mature.
The economic benefits are indirect and to be understood in the long term. The composters sold by Daily Dump allow to avoid economic losses linked to food waste (lower cost of sorting, collecting, transporting waste), and to give value to a resource that is valuable to the agricultural world.
The project can be replicated in another territory, however, it should be possible to find a local alternative to coco peat to speed up maturation and aerate the compost to avoid bad odours. This project also shows the importance of the design and practicality of composters that make composting accessible to everyone and even attractive.
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