Khamba – Your Route to Zero Waste Home
Waste management today is one of the gravest issues which our society has to deal with. With a little effort from each one of us this problem can be dealt with without much investment and effort. In case you are wondering on how this can be done, then the simple answer to it is using Khamba in your household.
Khamba is basically one of the best and 100% nature friendly means through which you can compost waste which is generated in your kitchen. A Khamba is stackable terracotta compost bin, generally of 3 tier. This household waste recycling product works on the principle of aerobic decomposition. Aerobic decomposition is an organic material decomposition process with the help of oxygen. And as a typical Khamba has 3 layers, the decomposition process is rather accelerated one.
How does Khamba work?
As has already been mentioned, there are three tiers in a Khamba. The top two tiers/ pots have nylon mesh as base and can be used interchangeably. While the pot at the bottom is a fixed one with solid base.
You need to add the waste from your kitchen in the first pot, until it is almost filled (say, 3/4th of the pot).Once this happens, you have to place the second pot on the top of the first one. Now it is time to fill this second pot with waste, just like you did with the first pot. As the pot on the top fills again, you need to add the ingredients in the first pot into the bottom most/ third pot. This way you need to keep rotating the first and second pots and filling the bottom most pot before each rotation.
Make it a point that you stir the waste in the pot at regular intervals so that there is no excess moisture in the pot and the Khamba remains aerated. Apart from waste from your kitchen you can also add shredded newspaper, dry leaves etc to the pot. This can be done, especially at times when there is lot of wet waste in the pot. The newspaper and dry leaves bring down the moisture content in the pot. There are fair chances that during the composition process, the pot might emanate some smell – so it is recommended that you add lemon spray or neem powder along with the waste. This will keep the waste insect and odor free. In case there are maggots in the Khamba, you do not have to panic. In fact maggots help in acclerating the decomposing process and also reduce the population of the fruit flies.
After two months, and in some cases a little earlier the waste will get composited completely. You can use this compost as natural manure in your garden.
This way not only do you help in controlling waste in your locality, but you also get the best quality compost. Also as Khamba does not take much space, it can be kept in apartments as well. This surely is one of the cheapest way in which household waste can be recycled, that too without harming the environment.
The one thing which you need to make a habit is distributing your waste in two baskets – biodegradable and non-biodegradable. This will help you in using the Khamba in the best way possible.
And for those of you, with a creative streak of mind – you can very easily decorate the khamba by painting it or doing some ceramic work on it. For those of you who have a large family or feel that a 3 tier khamba is small for the amount of waste produced in their kitchen, you have options of 5 tier khamba as well.
So it is high time that you do your share in managing the waste in your locality by switching to khamba!