Deputy Commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis said on Thursday that as per the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, organisations producing over 100 kg of waste should have their own waste-management units.

She was speaking after visiting and studying the operation of the Bio Waste Compost Unit set up at the Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple here. The unit, donated by Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art of Living, was launched here recently.

Ms. Francis said the Supreme Court had recently passed an order to effectively implement the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 immediately. By setting up the biowaste compost unit, the Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple had become a model for other places of worship, institutions and organisations to emulate, she said.

She said the district administration was giving importance to scientific disposal of solid and liquid waste under its Swachh Udupi Mission. Some gram panchayats in the district were already having solid and liquid resource management units, she said.

Anil Kapoor of the Art of Living Foundation said the unit here could process 1,000 kg of waste and convert it into fertilizer. At present, about 500 kg of waste, including the plantain leaves used for having meals at the Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple, is being processed at the unit, he said.

Mayank of the foundation said such biowaste management units have been installed in some temples in the country, including in Kolkata and Varanasi.