How to Build a Profitable Composting Business

Up to 100 times faster, than it is being created, farmland is disappearing. A reduction in biomass, such as compost, threatens the survival of the planet. Compost not only provides nutrients for our food but also conserves water. Compost feeds soils, which in turn feed us.

Over the next few years, compost will be a major topic. The demand has already risen dramatically. Using the compost generated by composting wet waste at urban homes has been well received by Indian farmers. In March, farmers picked up 25000 tons of compost from a BBMP waste processing facility near Bangalore.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’s SWM rules for 2016 require “Bulk Waste Generators (BWGs)” to compost. Municipalities are responsible for implementing the rules. Compliance is improving as people become more aware. There has never been a better time to compost in India than right now.

Businesses that compost biodegradable waste face challenges.
Three factors determine the success of composting companies:

1. Segregation of waste
Composting facilities are highly dependent on the quality of waste they receive. Hand-sorting mixed waste may seem to offer job opportunities in developing countries, but it is difficult to separate wet from dry waste. People sometimes start out with great enthusiasm only to be disappointed by the stench and unhygienic way in which they proceed.

The foul odor emanating from rotting waste is what drives people away. Only separate wet waste should be brought into the composting system so that it can be processed directly without manual separation. It is difficult to acquire such waste when people do not understand the difference between wet and dry waste.

2. The quality of composting
The household waste (green waste) such as vegetable and fruit scraps, leftover foods, eggshells, bones, and so on is rich in nitrogen and protein. Combine them with dry garden waste (brown waste), such as dry leaves and twigs. It will smell great and sell well if the compost is made with this in mind.

3. Costs associated with composting
Besides being labor-intensive and time-consuming, the most popular methods of composting, like pit composting and vermicomposting, are impractical for bulk composting. An Organic Waste Converter (OWC) is a device for converting bulk organic waste into rich organic manure. It is possible to harvest 30% of finished compost daily. Composting operations vary widely in efficiency, with some producing high-quality compost while others simply burn the waste. At about Rs.2/- per kg, TALLBOY organic waste converters produce highly nutritious, fully digested, and odorous compost made from organic waste.

Do composting businesses make a profit?

When we invest in the restoration of the degraded ecosystem, we can employ many people while ensuring long-term sustainability. Having a sustainable environment means people are able to live in harmony with nature, which leads to better lives, a richer social life, more wealth, better food, and better healthcare, as well as more opportunities for education.

Composting is not only highly profitable, but it also promotes the restoration of soil, which is the foundation of our existence. Bulk Waste Generators (BWG) generally produce 100 kg of garbage per day, including both wet and dry waste. It is possible for two people to manage between eight and ten BWGs and earn up to Rs.100,000 per month from composting.