Less than a year ago, the contents of the 30 plastic bins along the walls of a long, narrow room in Dubai’s Al Qasr hotel would have been of little use – nothing more than common rubbish.
The fruit and vegetable peels and scraps, about 70kg every day, would have been disposed of, ending up about 30km north in Dubai’s nearly overflowing landfill.
Now, however, those two tonnes of waste a month are transformed into plant food using a novel composting method.
Developed in Japan in 1982, the process, called Bokashi, involves placing the waste in specially designed plastic buckets along with a patented mix. Bacteria then ferments the waste to leave a usable compost.
9 August 2011