Year: 2017 | Month: February | Volume: 4 | Issue: 2 | Pages: 76-81
Vermicomposting- A Boon for Waste Minimization and Soil Quality
Sunil J. Kulkarni
Datta Meghe College of Engineering, Airoli, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
The solid waste from garbage and household materials, flowers and waste food needs proper treatment as it can contaminate groundwater resources. The most commonly used method for waste treatment is open dumping. This method is cheap but dangerous from health perspectives. Vermicomposting is one of the most practiced methods for domestic and household solid waste. In this, earthworms feed on anything that is biodegradable. Extra care is needed to prevent plant damage as high plant nutrients and plant growth stimulators can inhibit seed germination and growth to some degree. Investigations indicated increase in the parameters like total nitrogen (%), Available phosphorus (%) and Exchangeable potassium (%).Vermicomposting may supply an opportunity for employment. Many investigations have been reported on vermicomposting. The current review provides an insight on studies and research on vermicomposting.
Key words: Incineration, anaerobic and aerobic digestion, stabilization, pre-compost, landfill.[PDF Full Text]