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Vermicomposting of garbage: a new technology for solid waste management in Hindu temples
by Renuka Gupta, V.K. Garg
International Journal of Environment and Waste Management (IJEWM), Vol. 3, No. 1/2, 2009


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.

Online publication date: Wed, 15-Apr-2009


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