Turning waste into compost in Battambang, Cambodia

Posted by | January 9, 2018 | Blog, Uncategorized | No Comments

On our trip to Battambang to meet TKG and Comped, two NGO’s which run a nursery for kids living on the local landfill site, we also had the chance to meet a different branch of Comped.

Comped also runs Social Waste Management, where they make compost from the waste produced in the local markets of Battambang. John, the manager, showed us the space.

Battambang produces 162 tonnes of waste per day, 6 of which go to Comped to be processed as natural compost. John explained to us that a tone of fresh waste generates 100 grams of compost in a process that last from 3 to 4 months. During this time, the waste temperature and humidity are checked periodically and the waste is turned weekly, which helps to aerate and mix up well. Once the process is finished, the compost goes through the screening machine, that separates the new compost from big pieces that did not compost yet. Those big pieces will go back to the previous step and the rest of compost will be ready to be sold to local farmers.

 This way of recycling shows how easy it is to give a hand to nature and stop the cycle of massive production of waste. Although this can just be applied to organic materials, Battambang is also an example of plastic reduction with the campaign “Plastic Free Battambang”, that aims to introduce alternative packaging and bags for markets, shops and restaurants. These little steps make a huge difference when fighting for s greener and a cleaner environment.

We really enjoyed this insight into the alternative way of doing things that Battambang has and we are looking forward to new collaborations with them!