Composting  is an efficient method to dispose waste and Create useful compost.

Did you know that composting can prevent up to 60 per cent of your household waste from ending up inside a landfill?

Whether done at the individual household or community level, the process of converting wet garbage into compost can be done in a bin (manually) or a unit that consumes electricity.

However, the issue with an electric compost unit is that it not only increases the electricity bill but also leaves behind massive carbon footprints, which is ironic considering that composting is done to preserve the environment.

To eliminate this problem, Rutvick Pedamkar and Sandip Patil from Maharashtra’s Thane district have designed units that run on solar energy.

A unit meant for a family costs anywhere between Rs 8,500 to 12,500. For a large unit that can complete community-level composting, the price depends on the capacity. Their biggest unit is priced at Rs 10 lakh that treats up to 500 kilos of wet garbage.

They studied research papers and watched innumerable videos. Just when they were hitting a dead end, they came across the technology of solar dryers that could be integrated into a composting unit.