Bowenpally Market of Hyderabad is giving an inspirational example of sustainable management of resources and waste. This vegetable market used to produce around 10 tonnes of vegetable and fruit waste every day which used to end up in the landfill. But now, this waste is utilised and managed sustainably, producing electricity and biofuel.

This 10 tonnes of vegetable, fruit and flower waste of the market is now used to generate 500 units of the electricity and 30 kg of biofuel. The electricity produced by this vegetable waste is used to light up around 100 streetlight, 170 stalls, water supply network in the market area. However, the bio-fuel generated is used in the kitchen of the market's canteen.

Lokini Srinivas, Bowenpally selection grade secretary mentioned that it is the first of its kind initiative taken by any vegetable market in the state of converting organic waste into electricity. He also informed that the project was started six months back on a trial and now it is showing the positive results. He also informed that all the waste generated by the market is used in the bio-vegetable plant. In addition to this, they also collect vegetable waste from nearby supermarket and vegetable market.

The Bowenpally market consumes around 800-900 units of electricity every day and out of which 500 units are getting generated from this waste management plant.

How did this waste management plant work?

The tonnes of vegetable waste is first shredded on conveyor belts and then converted into a slurry. After that, it is kept in large containers for the process of anaerobic digestion. This organic waste is then converted into biofuel comprises methane and carbon dioxide. This fuel is then put into biogas generators where it gets converted into electricity and eventually it get supplied to market's streetlight, stalls etc. Apart from biofuel and electricity, this plant also generates organic manure that can be used in agriculture and farming.

The Department of Biotechnology and the Bowenpally Committee has funded the distributor-waste-management model.

Reference:https://www.newindianexpress.com/good-news/2021/jan/18/hyderabads-bowenpally-marketsvegetable-waste-generates-electricity-biofuel-2251588.html

Written By: Team The EarthView