WINDROW COMPOSTING AS MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE STABILIZATION – A CASE STUDY IN CHANDIGARHVISHAL SHARMA
Rapid growth of the population and urbanization resulted in worldwide production of food and fruit municipal solid waste at alarming rate, which has become a global environmental issue and gained much interest due to their influence on environment, economy and society. More that 62 million tons of food waste is produced in India annually, approximately 15%, recycled through composting and landfills ranking third in terms of greenhouse gas emissions in India. The aim of this study was to investigate the optimum design of windrow composting plant and evaluate the composting potential of kitchen waste (food, fruit waste) with grass clippings in different combinations to establish the relationship between physico-chemical parameters (temperature, moisture content, pH, electrical conductivity, C:N ratio), hence the sustainable municipal solid waste management. Adjusting carbonaceous material and wet wastes in subsequent layer (30cm), which results in increasing the moisture content and improving C/N ratio.