Clean India initiative is a pilot project run by E&P community farms. We have designed a unique vermicomposting unit using black soldier fly that has the ability to process all kinds of post consumer organic waste. Urban and rural communities can collaborate and set up our unit to process and treat waste at source. We offer multiple service models, tinkered to fit customer requirements. Our aim through this project is to build a bridge between the urban and rural population and to solve the problem of solid waste management for all communities.
E&P vermin composter is installed in a village in collaboration with local woman self help group and an external investor. The self help group spreads awareness about waste management and is responsible to process and package the fertilizer. E&P community farm assists in regular maintenance and assistance in sales and marketing. Revenue from fertilizer sale is divided between E&P community farm and self help group, creating a parallel source of revenue for women in rural communities. Fertilizer is sold at a discounted price to benefit the local farmers and promote organic farming. The investor receives a 40 percent annual return on investment from the share of E&P community farms. Elimination of waste and reduction in use of chemical fertilizers lead to a healthy rural community.
Urban India possesses a unique challenge of waste segregation and processing. Present regulations require big institutions and housing societies to segregate and process organic waste onsite but the current commercially available solutions are not practically viable. Mechanical composting units are expensive and energy intensive. Most Natural composting methods are slow, require land and cannot process large quantities of organic waste. Hence neither are practical for many housing societies. Moreover, the composting machines produce low quality compost, causing distrust among the agricultural community. E&P composting unit is a practical alternative for such urban communities. Our units process up to 100 kg of organic waste within a day and onsite. They can be easily installed on the roof of any building nullifying the requirement of land and operations. The compost produced is of high quality that farmers trust and prefer to use. E&P community farms would also offer services to facilitate the sale of fertilizer to its farming community, generating revenue for the urban communities.
Black Soldier fly is one of the very common flies found naturally in tropical habitats. Black soldier fly larvae are know for their voracious appetite and can consume their body weight worth of food every day. During the larval stage the micro-sized worm can grow up to a couple of centimetre in size. Once the larvae is large enough, it is ready to pupate and enters a pre-pupal stage. In this stage the larvae will travel to a dry place and enter the pupal stage. After a few days the mature fly will emerge out of the pupal shell. This natural instinct of traveling to a dry place is used for harvesting the larvae. The mature fly does not have a mouth or padded feet to transmit disease like the common housefly. The only function of the mature fly is to mate and lay eggs, after which it dies and the process repeats.