UNNAT BHARAT ABHIYAN
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
SRM INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGYKATTANKULATHUR -CHENGALPATTU
TRANSFORMATION OF FLORAL
WASTE INTO VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTS
A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TOWARD WASTE MANAGEMENT
DATE :20 .5.2023
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This project mainly focuses on solid waste management. Municipal solid waste contains a considerable amount of biodegradable waste, with a significant amount of garbage being floral waste from temples. The stack holders were trained directly to collect and segregate the floral waste from nearby temples and halls. They were also trained to convert waste to products with simple technology. Without much technological support, effortlessly, it was converted into Soaps, Dhoop, Incense sticks, and so on. The products obtained from the small-scale industries can be sold at a reasonable price in the temple premises, thus making the stack holders an entrepreneur and enhancing the rural women's financial status.
The floral residues were converted into organic manure, thus helping in sustainable agriculture. The organic manures can be used in the garden or fields to achieve eco–friendly agricultural products. Finally, a closed-loop sustainable approach was developed to extract the hidden treasure from the floral waste and organic manure.
The Yoga Hayagreevar temple, located in Chettipuniyam village, is a selected spot for conducting the project
The separated floral petals were shade dried and powdered using a kitchen blender. These base raw materials, like powdered Rose and Tulsi, were stored in the refrigerator. It was converted into value-added products like Soap, Incense sticks and Dhoops in the laboratory. The number of ingredients required was optimized
Objective 4:The floral residues were converted into manure via aerobic and anaerobic composting methods. The process parameters were optimized in the lab study
These ideas of converting discarded flowers into value-added products and the floral refuse into compost were trained in the Women's self-help group of Chettipuniyam village. Around 20 + rural participated in the training program and learned the process methodologies. The ingredients and necessary equipment required for product making and compost making were given to them.
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