This is how black it gets at Mavallipura

This is how polluted the water is in one of the spots near the Mavallipura landfill. As written in a previous article, the streams starts with yellowish water and a few minutes later, black water begins to flow out. When you stick your nose to it, you will find that the stink remains the same irrespective of its colour. The Zilla Panchayat has put up a notice and shut down this borewell.

But the crisis does not end here! Continue reading

Visit to Mavallipura landfill reveals a new & horrifying chapter in ‘composting’

Landfill covered with a layer of soil. The leachate from these mounds enters an open tank located at the entrance of the facility.

Landfill covered with a layer of soil. The leachate from these mounds enters an open tank located at the entrance of the facility.

With the talk of Mavallipura landfill “revival” rending the air, I thought it was high time I visited the landfill and studied what it takes to compost biodegradable waste from 300 tonnes of mixed garbage per day which includes all possible kinds of hazardous waste. Continue reading