Keywords: Hindu temples, vermicomposting, TSW, temple solid waste, C:N ratio, waste management, India, organic waste, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, composting
Vermicomposting of garbage: a new technology for solid waste management in Hindu temples
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.