Title: Vermicomposting of garbage: a new technology for solid waste management in Hindu temples

 

Author: Renuka Gupta, V.K. Garg

 

Addresses:
Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar 125001, Haryana, India.
Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar 125001, Haryana, India

 

Journal: Int. J. of Environment and Waste Management, 2009 Vol.3, No.1/2, pp.51 - 64

 

Abstract: In India, at most of the religious places, a huge tonnage of solid waste is generated due to worshipping. This study reports the transformation of organic fraction of Temple Solid Waste (TSW) spiked with Cow Dung (CD) into a value-added product (vermicompost). Vermicomposting resulted in lowering of pH, EC, C : N ratio, C : P ratio and increase in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium contents. The worms grew and reproduced favourably in 80% CD + 20% TSW and 70% CD + 30% TSW feed mixtures also. These experiments demonstrate that vermicomposting can be an efficient technology for environmentally safe management of temple solid waste.

 

Keywords: Hindu temples; vermicomposting; TSW; temple solid waste; C:N ratio; waste management; India; organic waste; nitrogen; phosphorus; potassium; composting.

 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJEWM.2009.024699

 

Available online 15 Apr 2009

 

 

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