ASSESSMENT OF VERMICOMPOSTING OFSUGAR FACTORY WASTE USING THE EUDRILUS EUGENIAEEARTHWORM COLLECTED FROM PETTAVAITHALAI,TIRUCHIRAPPALLI DISTRCT, TAMIL NADUV. SENTHIL, S. VALARMATHI AND R. SIVAKAMI
During the processing of sugar, various types of wastes are generated which will become potential pollutants unless recycled. The traditional methods of disposal such as open dumping and land filling practices are not only expensive but environmentally unsafe. As vermi composting can be an alternative technology for converting sugar factory wastes, the present study was attempted using Eudriluseugeniae earthworm. Results of the study indicated a decrease in pH and C:N ratio while there was an increase in total nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous levels in the vermicompost. In addition, there was also a decrease in the content of heavy metals ranging from 12.5 to 50%.