Reducing Kitchen Waste Using an Aquarium
Reducing kitchen waste using an aquarium installation seems to be a project being considered in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the Indian state of Kerala.
The article was found in the Deccan Chronicle and published June 18, 2013. It is a report on a governmental initiative to reduce the amount of organic waste being sent to the waste facilities of the area, which are being overcome with the huge increases in the recent past. The idea is to use table scraps and other organic food material to feed fish in a fish tank located in the home.
The article is titled Get Rid of Waste Through Kitchen Tank Fish Farming:
Thiruvananthapuram: At a time when the state is witnessing the worst-ever waste management crisis, the Environment and Climate Change Department has come up with a unique project that deploys fish for disposing of biodegradable waste generated in households.
The department has decided to incorporate this as one of the projects in the new urban environment improvement programme, which will be implemented in the state capital this financial year. The state government has allotted `10.05 crore for it.
Food wastes, vegetable peelings and dining table remains can be converted into quality food fish in kitchen tanks of 10-15 square metre size. Varieties of scavenger fishes – Malaysian vala, golden catfish (manjakoori) and endemic vazhakoori – will be supplied to households. The project was developed by Regional Agricultural Research Station, Kumarakom, under the leadership of K.G. Padmakumar, reired associate director.
I think the idea may be useful, but the actual implementation of it is missing a few details that would make it even better.
First, the tanks to be used are huge, when considering an in-home aquarium…10 – 15 square meters (2 x 5 or 3 x 5 meters footprint) is more like a fish pond situated in the back yard than a home aquarium. This should be fine for the climate, assuming the state climate is able to sustain outdoor water features on a year round basis. It would be a useful employment of limited land assuming it is available.
But a whole aspect of this is missing. Granted the article mentions that the fish can be grown out and eater, but reducing kitchen waste using an aquarium overlooks the benefits of including an aquaponics solution rather than simply a fish grow out area.
Reducing Kitchen Waste Using An Aquarium and Aquaponics Technology would be much better
In my book, Aquaponics Systems for Tropical Fish Keepers, I make the case for integrating organic vegetable gardening with a home aquarium. Reducing kitchen waste using an aquarium and an aquaponics filter above it would be much more useful – the kitchen scraps from cooking would go into feeding the scavengers and food fish kept in the garden pool. When a proper growing bed for organic vegetables, herbs and fruits is incorporated onto the system, safe and healthy plants for the people would be crested as well as fish protein for later meals.
When you are considering reducing kitchen waste using an aquarium, why simply stop at a 10 – 15 square meter pool? Why not add on an the Aquaponics technology and round out the diet and utility of the project to help people become better fed with organic and safe plant materials as well?