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Green Waste Composting Platform
Currently, in Nouméa, New Caledonia there is about 170 000 people living in a growing city.
Unfortunately the city is not ready to treat all the wast, and there is no large scale recycling policy yet. That basically means that even the green waste (a good resource as all permies knows) is put into the landfill mixed with plastic, metal, other organic material, and so on...
After an internship at Zaytuna Farm, Bertille (my wife) and I came back full of good ideas to help our country to find simple solutions. Bertille start a large scale garden, to be able to teach how to grow food organically in the tropics, and I start working in making a small scale composting platform, treating green waste.
To make a long story short, after two weeks of working that concept I was in front of the owner of the company who treat all the waste of Nouméa and suburbs! The need to finding solutions was so urgent, and I was at the good spot at the good time. He simply told me to continue with my project, but for a 3000 tonnes/year platform!
The test spot,at the landfill
It was really a challenge, and for someone like me, who waned to change things, this was the good thing to do... We start the feasibility study 6 month ago, we've pass through really intense moments, goods and bads, but here we are still!
A lot of things had to be done, checking the regulation and the administration of this kind of structure, making a market study, making an industrial schema, choosing the tools and how all will work, learning how much room we'll be needing, quantify the costs, making a business plan...
We've made a big scale test, with 3 20m3 windrows of "bad quality-bad shredded-too dry-too much carbon" green waste, but we managed to finish with a good quality product.
Our test "in progress"
The basic concept is to deviate good quality green wast from the landscape maintenance to make good quality compost that is able to be sold in bags to sell to private gardeners and landscape designers instead of buying imported compost.
Green waste becoming compost
We are about to finish the feasibility study, a lot of our questions where answer, a lot remain to be, but that's what happens when you start something that nobody else tried before...
The finished compost, at home
I'll update as soon as I have some news.
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