To promote the practice of converting waste into resources, Waste Concern operates a recycling training centre at Katchpur district in Dhaka, Bangladesh. At the centre, local government officials, entrepreneurs and operational staff receive hands-on training on how to convert waste into resources, how to manage and operate an integrated resource recovery centre and how the technology for composting, bio diesel production and converting waste to energy functions.
The recycling training centre at Katchpur contains the following facilities: an aerobic compost plant with a processing capacity of up to 10 tons of organic waste per day, a conference room, a compost-enrichment facility, a rainwater harvesting system, a wastewater recycling system, a solar lighting system and eco-sanitation composting facilities.
The training centre has attracted considerable attention, and participants have praised the training courses with very good evaluations. Interest in the training is increasing among national and local governments as well as private sector organizations. The training content can be tailored to suit the needs of a specific group, and a course can be either hands-on for operational staff or a combination of theory and exposure visit for government officials.
In addition to training, the Katchpur centre also conducts research for new and innovative technology for converting waste to resources. Such action research initiatives to date include anaerobic digestion (biogas technology) and biodiesel production. In addition to looking at the diverse types of materials usable for constructing a digester, the researched has explored the potential of generating electricity with different types of feedstock.