Volume No. 6 Issue No.: 4 Page No.: 941-952 April-June 2012

 

EVALUATING THE EFFICACY OF COMPOST EVOLVED FROM BIO-MANAGING COTTON TEXTILE WASTE

 

S. Aishwariya* and S. Amsamani

Department of Textiles and Clothing, Avinashilingam University for Women,
Mettupalayam road, Coimbatore (INDIA)

 

Received on : March 05,2012

 

ABSTRACT

 

A statistical survey reports the fact that the total amount of willow dust generated, is about 80, 000 - 85, 000 tons per annum. This willow waste is too short a fiber to be used for any textile application and is just disposed off as landfills. A better alternative for this waste was designed and thus the research aims in biomanaging this cotton textile waste by using three tier system of enzyme-earthwormmicrobe interaction. Pretreatment and enzymatic treatment of the cotton textile waste enhanced good growth of earthworms with an additional benefit of reducing the toxicity of the wastes. The resultant vermicompost was a very good substitute for chemical fertilizer with a good source of carbon and appreciable amount of NPK. On addition of cellulose degraders, nitrogen fixers and phosphate stabilizers the compost can be converted into rich source of biofertiliser also. The efficacy of the prepared compost was analyzed using a pot culture study and the results were compared with control pot.

 

Keywords : Willow waste, Decomposing, Composting, Biocompost, Vermicomposting, Textile recycling

 

 

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