Hair waste to be converted into fertilizer; barber shops ink deal with company
Kottayam: A solution has been found to manage the waste from barber shops. The organisation of barber shop owners and a company entered into an agreement to collect hair waste and convert it into fertilizer. The contract was signed by Kerala State Barber Beauticians Association and a company in Tirurangadi. Though the contract was made an year ago, the idea is going to be implemented only now.
There are 30,000 barbers and beauticians in the association. The company will provide a bag to every shop. The staff has to collect hair waste in this. They should wear gloves while doing this. Other safety guidelines also are provided. When the hair waste is accumulated equal to a load in a torus lorry, the company takes it away. The fertilizer produced from hair waste was tried on coconut and vegetables and the result was impressive, said Tirurangadi Microbes staff.
When the hair waste is processed, an equal amount of fertilizer is produced. It can be converted into liquid or powder form. The amount was determined as per the number of chairs in barber shops, said Association state vice president C N Sasikumar. When there is only one chair, Rs 150 have to be given to the company.
Earlier, agencies used to collect hair for Rs 30 per kilogram. But the waste was found abandoned in public places. With the new agreement, the management of hair waste will be easy and effective. The Agricultural University had given training to the association members to convert hair waste into fertilizer. However, they could not make it practical due to financial difficulties.