12,000 Tons Of Orange Peel Dump Brings Back Life In Amazon Rain Forest.

Written by Prince Chandran
September 29, 2017  

Two Princeton Researchers  Daniel Janzen and Winnie Hallwachs in the mid 90’s have dumped 12000 tons of orange peel in the barren lands of the CostaRica as part of an project . Nearly 20 years later they were shocked to see results The barren land was turned into a huge dense forest.

The plan started in 1997 when Daniel Janzen and Winnie Hallwachs approached orange juice manufacturer Del Oro with a unique opportunity that is If Del Oro agreed to donate part of its land bordering the Guanacaste Conservation Area to the national park, the company would be allowed to dump its discarded orange peel at no cost on degraded land in the park.

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Del Oro agreed to the deal and dumped almost 12000 tonnes of orange peel dump with a 1000 truck convoy which filled almost   3-hectare (7-acre) site led to a 176 percent increase in above-ground biomass. But the project was soon shut down in the second year after its start when the  rival juice manufacturer called TicoFruit sued Del Oro, alleging that its competitor had “defiled a national park”.


The Pictures taken when orange peels were first dumped.


But today it has turned into an immense forest with rich Bio-diversity and the researcher’s were shocked to this .When comparing the site to a nearby control area that hadn’t been treated with orange peels, Treuer’s team found their experimental compost heap yielded richer soil, more tree biomass, and a broader diversity of tree species – including a fig tree so huge it would take three people wrapping their arms around the trunk to cover the circumference.

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Look how much the dump can save our forest from deforestation and that is clearly not a licence for every one to start dumping waste into the forest or protected areas.



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