What We Do
We're on a mission to to process urban waste in a sustainable manner within a residential locality.
A sustainable alternative for waste management
Kora3B Compost is a not-for-profit initiative by the Koramangala 3rd Block Residents Welfare Association to manage leaf litter in the locality of Bangalore. This is run in collaboration with BBMP who collect leaf litter and provide space for composting. The leaves undergo natural aerobic composting and with simple additives of water and cowdung, are converted into high quality organic leaf compost.
The organic compost is supplied to buyers across the city in quantities from a few kilos to several tons.
Wealth off Waste
Local leaf composting has the dual advantage of reducing waste that would have otherwise been transported to landfills outside the city or burnt on the street leading to more pollution. Processing at source also reduces pollution by waste transport.
Every autumn season, the streets in a green locality like Bangalore generate hundreds of truckloads of leaf and garden waste. This is now converted to wealth instead of being disposed without any value recovery.
What is Compost
Learn how we convert organic waste into a rich produce
What is composting
Composting is a natural process of breaking down organic matter into simpler compounds that can be absorbed as nutrients by plants. Leaf composting utilizes leaves as the organic matter. Dry leaves are rich in carbon and decompose naturally over a long time period. Composting speeds up the process.
Natural organic matter decompose aerobically by the action of microorganisms like bacteria that need oxygen. Aerobic process is faster than anaerobic decomposition which is slower, taking years for leaves to fully decompose.
Aerobic decomposition is mainly by thermophilic bacteria which thrive at very high temperatures of 40-60 degrees Celsius. At this temperature, most other organisms are killed. This decomposition also mainly generates carbon dioxide and no smelling Nitrous oxides or ammonia is produced.
This is different from another popular form of composting: Vermi compost which uses earthworms to feed on the bio-mass. Vermi compost requires close attention and ideal conditions for the worms to grow.
Compared to the other methods, the Windrow composting process used by Kora3B Compost employs naturally occurring microbes for aerobic decomposition at large scale. This process is much simpler to manage, needs less space and also produces good quality manure.
Elements for decomposition
Aerobic decomposition is a comlpetely naturlal process where mother nature when give the rigth conditions cooks up a miracle. All she needs is some key ingredients:
The pile of leaves needs to be monitored regularly to ensure all these elements are in the optimal range. Add another key ingredient, 'time' and wait, nature takes over and cooks up some wonderful compost!
Dry piles are watered to add just enough moisture. Too much moisture could lead to rotting due to lack of air reaching the micro-organisms.
Dry leaves are rich in carbin. The bacteria require nitrogen as well to grow. Addition of cowdung improves the nitrogen ratio. The cowdung also aacts as a disinfectant killing off germs and flies. The bacteria also require a high temperature to grow and the pile naturally heat up as they grow.
The workforce of nature
Leaf composting process used here is mainly aerobic decomposition. The main agent for decomposition are thermophilic bacteria. These are microscopic single celled primitive organisms found freely in nature.
Their growth increases the temperature of the leaf pile to very high levels of over 50 degrees. This process kills off any other pathogens. So the leaf compost is also sterilizes the compost pile removing other unwanted organisms.
Post the main phase of decomposition, there are other bacteria like actynomycetes. These give the characteristic wet-earth smell to the compost.
I want to learn more
More resources on composting
Here are some references where you can learn more about the composting:
This is fun. How can I Help?
Composting and gardening is great community activity. if you would like to set up one in your community, we are happy to help.
You can also help by stopping waste being disposed on the streets. majority of the effort in composting is segregation of inorganic waste from leaves and this also determines quality of compost. You can help in a big way by stopping waste being disposed on the streets.
We produce organic compost from leaves. The compost is free from any synthetic additives and has C:N ratio of 22:1. it is rich in Nitrogen naturally and is not acidic too. this has been tested for quality by the Department of Horticulture, Bangalore.
The following varieties are produced. They all are made from the same leaf composting process and are roughly equivalent in composition of Nitrogen and other essential elements for plants. They only differ in the extent of processing after composting.
The compost is double sieved with a smaller wire mesh to generate a fine compost powder with small granules less than 4mm in size.This is more suitable for potted plants as well as soil application.
Price: Rs. 10/kg*
Mulch and compost
The compost passes through a large sieve to remove large inorganic matter. This contains compost powder and larger sized organic matter like partially decomposed leaves. This is suitable for direct application into soil where the organic matter undergoes further composting and releases nutrients over a longer period of time. This can also be used as mulch on top of the soil to prevent evaporation.
Price: Rs. 5/kg*
*: Price subject to change based on availability of stock and processing conditions. This price is determined to just cover the labour and material costs and there is no profit.
Please contact us for the latest price.
Compost enriched with cowdung and microbes
This is an specially crafted blend of compost enriched with fresh cow dung slurry and a rich microbial culture that adds more nitrates and also allows plants to absorb the nutrients better.
Price: Rs. 15/kg*
*: Price subject to change based on availability of stock and processing conditions. Please contact us for the latest price.
We have retail and wholesale clients across Bangalore from kitchen gardens at home to nurseries and landscapers.
Waste management services
SAAHAS is a non-profit that helps process waste through sustainable methods. They provide waste management services to commercial establishments and residences across Bangalore. They use dry leaves and semi-composted matter from Kora3B Compost for their wet waste composting to absorb moisture and add additional carbon.
Get high quality organic leaf compost for your garden here!