Terra Nova, Beira, Mocambique
|Name||Terra Nova Lda composting urban waste, Beira, Mocambique|
|Aim||Composting up to 60% of Beira's urban waste using a socially responsible and economically sustainable business model.|
|Staff||One owner, one associate and 6 workers|
|People reached||The garbage dump is in the poorest part of the city Munhava Matope (mud). Many of the people there live from the dump, collecting bottles, plastics, or food.|
Beira has about 500,000 inhabitants.
|Donation||3,000 Meticais + 100 USD (202 USD)|
We visit Terra Nova in the morning and get a good overview of its activities. The small company is working on a designated part of the city's carbage dump. Next to a smelly pile of residu waste (cans, plastics) we count 27 neat mounds of compost, weight about a ton each. The shape of them resembles a rounded termite heap, and they give an artistic touch to the scene.
Flore Roura explains to us the process of composting. She and her workers start with sorting out the uncompostible waste, then heaping up the rest together with water and carbon rich material to balance the resulting compost. Although there are a lot of studies available on the subject, a lot depends on experiment. We walk around the measure the temperature of each mound. Some of them have reached 80 degrees centigrade - a staggering number that somehow underlines the power of composting.