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Moo-ving Forward: How Dairy Waste is Catalyzing Urban Transformation in Bhalswa

Imagine a community where over 50 tonnes of dairy waste is piped down the drainage system daily, not only choking the infrastructure but also polluting and eutrophying the lake. This is the reality for the community at Bhalswa Dairy, but the Better Bhalswa initiative is working to change that.


Dairy waste, such as dung, is often deemed as a burden on the community and the environment, but the Better Bhalswa initiative is showing that it can be upcycled to create sustainable solutions for the community.


One way to upcycle this waste is through composting. By teaching the community at Bhalswa Dairy how to properly compost dairy waste, it can be transformed into nutrient-rich soil that can be used for gardening and agriculture. This not only helps to reduce the amount of waste in the area, but it also creates a sustainable source of food for the community.


Community Composters

Another way to upcycle dairy waste is through biomethanation. By converting the waste into biogas, it can be used as a source of clean energy for the community. This not only helps to reduce the amount of waste in the area, but it also creates a sustainable source of energy for the community.


Domestic scale Biogas units can be retrofitted in water tanks

Community Biogas facilities

Additionally, dairy waste can also be upcycled into products such as planting pots for nurseries and logs for incineration. This not only helps to reduce the amount of waste in the area, but it also creates a sustainable source of income for the community.

Nursery pots upcyled from cowdung

The Better Bhalswa initiative is taking a comprehensive and community-centered approach to urban regeneration by engaging with the community at Bhalswa Dairy to learn the value of dairy waste and to create sustainable solutions for the community. By upcycling this waste, the initiative is not only reducing the burden on the community and the environment but also creating a sustainable source of food, energy, and income for the community.


It's time to moo-ve forward and rethink the value of dairy waste. Join us on this journey towards a better Bhalswa and see how it can be transformed from a burden to a resource.

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