Industrial development and increase in
population has generally been equated with ecological
degradation that leads to environmental pollution.
Every year millions of tones of pollutants are introduced
into the environment by various industries. Thousands
of small scale and even some bigger industrial units
dispose waste, more often toxic and hazardous, in open
spaces and nearby water sources. Over the last decade
many cases of serious and permanent damage to
environment by these industries is reported.
An experimental study was conducted to obtain the
vermicompost using partially decomposed fruit waste
with paper industry sludge’s. The earthworm species
used for this process was Eudrillus eugeniae. The
microorganism culture Pleurotus was added to enhance
the degradation process. Moisture content was
maintained by providing proper percentage of water.
The partially decomposed organic waste and industrial
sludge’s were converted into castings by earthworms.
The castings was obtained on the top surface of the bin
were in the range from 20 to 30 days depending on the
type of waste and sludge used. The castings obtained
were sieved, dried, tested and used as manure. Thus the
vermicomposting process helps in the disposal of organic
waste and industrial waste in a safe, economic and