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Balmer Lawrie installs Composting Unit at Victoria Memorial 04 February 2016

Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd., the highly diversified PSE, as a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has set up a Composting Unit at Victoria Memorial. Shri Prabal Basu, Chairman & Managing Director, Balmer Lawrie and Chief Guest of the function, today inaugurated Kolkata’s first of its kind Composting Unit and Solid Waste Management System installed at Victoria Memorial. Ms. Manjusha Bhatnagar, Director [HR&CA], Balmer Lawrie was the Guest of Honour. Present on the occasion were Shri K Swaminathan, Director [Service Business] and Dr. Jayanta Sengupta, Secretary & Curator, Victoria Memorial.
The Composting Unit set up by Balmer Lawrie is equipped with cutting-edge technology and has a capacity to treat 500kg of organic waste daily. Speaking on the occasion Shri Prabal Basu, C&MD, Balmer Lawrie said that this initiative is a good example of solid waste management and such a model needs to be replicated across the city. This will help supplement our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s ongoing initiative of Clean India Campaign and Balmer Lawrie is pleased to be able to contribute towards this nationwide cleanliness drive. The Composting Unit helps to recycle the waste to generate organic manure. Thus the waste is prevented from being sent for landfill, reducing air and soil pollution to a great extent.
Dr. Jayanta Sengupta, Secretary & Curator, Victoria Memorial appreciated the efforts of Balmer Lawrie in setting up the Composting Unit. He stated that the compost produced from organic waste is rich in soil nutrients and will be used in-house for gardening thus saving a huge amount spent on fertilizers.  He added that Victoria Memorial is one of the important tourist spots attracting huge foot falls daily and with the installation of the Composting Unit, the organic waste collected can be recycled and reused as manure.
Balmer Lawrie, a responsible corporate citizen, strongly values the need for environment protection and constantly partners with various stakeholders to promote environment best practices. Setting up of the Composting Unit is a testimony of this initiative.

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