Now, a machine that eats up garbage

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A Bangalore based firm has come out with a solution to the mounting garbage problem. The technology developed by the company- Alchemy- reduces tonnes of garbage into a few litres of liquid.
Spurthi Industries Private Limited at Peenya Industrial Area gave a live demonstration of Alchemy to Mayor B S Sathyanarayana, corporators and several others on Wednesday. The machine has a cylinder in which one tonne of garbage is dumped and 25 litres solution is added. It consumes the waste leaving about 100 grams of liquid.



During the demonstration at least 500 kg of waste was filled in the cylinder and the solvent was added. In a short time, about 100 grams of liquid came out without generating any odour or smoke.


Speaking to Deccan Herald, the director of Spurthy Industries said the machine used on Wednesday was tailor-made only for demonstration purpose while its capacity can be enhanced to dispose at least 2,500 tonnes a day. He refused to divulge details of the solvent saying that it is his trade secret.


He also did not reveal the price of the machine saying that the company has not fixed the price so far. Overwhelmed by the demonstration, Mayor said such machines would be set up at 10 places.


Hanjer project in soup


The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) may scrap the contract given to Hanjer Biotech if the firm fails to set up its garbage processing unit on the outskirts of Bangalore after the final notice is issued, said Mayor B S Sathyanarayana.


Speaking about the Hanjer Biotech, the Mayor said several notices were issued to the firm,  but the response was not satisfactory as it has not started its operations despite an urgency in the City to tackle garbage problem.


Sathyanarayana said: “People coming to Bangalore to set up their garbage disposal units set their eyes only on getting land free of cost. We offered land and other facilities but the firm did not show interest.”


The Mayor and corporators were going gaga about the Hanjer Biotech and projected it as an important firm to bail out Bangalore from garbage crisis. Recently, the Mayor along with about 200 people had even visited Salem in Tamil Nadu in four buses to see the ‘success story’ of Hanjer Biotech. It was projected that Hanjer has revolutionised Salem by its unique garbage disposal mechanism.


Sources in the BBMP said the contract was given to Hanjer to set up its mixed waste processing unit on an ‘as is where is’ basis, which means that it will have to develop the land properly without demanding anything from the Palike. Sources added that the land provided to Hanjer already has a huge heap of garbage along with uneven surface. To clear waste, the firm may have to invest at least Rs three crore to Rs four crore.
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