To most individuals in Myanmar, food waste is nothing however rubbish, and that perspective leaves Inda Soe Aung baffled.
But the 35-year-old environmentalist is not complaining, as a result of what he views as his compatriots’ lack of creativeness has given him the enterprise alternative of a lifetime – turning what they throw away into natural fertilizer.
“People assume that food waste is simply trash, trash, trash,” he mentioned. “It’s troublesome for me to introduce to the general public that food waste is a pure useful resource.”
Each day, he collects a couple of ton of food waste from moist markets close to his residence in Yangon’s North Dagon Township, pouring baskets of leftover greens right into a cart earlier than processing it into natural compost over the course of a number of months.
He began his enterprise, Bokashi Myanmar, almost two years in the past and has up to now created 500 tons of fertilizer, which he sells primarily to be used in gardens and residential farms.
His purpose is to triple manufacturing and assist the setting by lowering greenhouse gases whereas persuading different folks to undertake the strategies for soil preservation and combating local weather change he outlines on his firm’s Facebook web page.
Yangon authorities estimate that, throughout all classes, the fast-growing metropolis generates 2,300-2,500 tons of waste every day, inundating landfill websites which can be lowering in quantity as demand for land grows.
Inda Soe Aung will get assist from his spouse, Aye Aye Than, who says she is pleased with the enterprise and its contribution to the setting.
“I assumed that solely poor and grassroots folks labored with trash. But, I later realized that this job is offering a clear setting for my neighbors round me,” she mentioned.