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Bengaluru’s healthy intent to expend kitchen waste as heavy-duty fire


  • The burnable leftovers from the 10 upcoming waste processing plants in the city,will be given to cement companies, for use as fuel and the biodegradable waste as manure to farmers.
  • The joint initiative taken up by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) and Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development & Finance Corporation (KUIDFC),has had agreements with cement manufacturers such as ACC, Rajashree, Vasavadatta, Vikat Sagar and Ultratech in Kalaburagi district.

RDF and Fossil fuels

  • The burnable refuse derived fuel (RDF), can be used only in a plant where the kiln temperature is above 1000 degree celsius, and cement companies come in this category .
  • Plastic-like material is a good alternative for fossil fuel,as it can replace up to 20 percent of fossil fuel in terms of energy.
  • The idea to use RDF instead of fossil fuel in cement plants was first conceived by Hasiru Dala, a Bengaluru-based non profit working on waste management.
  • Hairu Dala, has provided 100 tonne of burnable waste to Zuari Cements plant in Andhra Pradesh in the past two months.
  • Nalini Shekar, founder of Hasiru Dala, said the material was not sold to the cement plant for a price, but Zuari paid for packaging and transportation.


  • Households have been asked to segregate waste,and hand it to garbage collectors to make the process easier.
  • Also collectors were asked,to insist on the segregation.


  • Besides the six plants coming up at Chikka Nagamangala, Kammanahalli, Seegehalli, Lingadheeranahalli, Subbannapalya and Dodda Bidarakallu on city outskirts, the one at Karnataka Compost Development Corporation has been upgraded.
  • Another plant will be coming up in Doddaballapur, and sites for two more plants are being identified now.
  • The plants can handle 200-250 tonne garbage each everyday .

Source:The Economic Times

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