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Waste recycling: Utilization of coffee grounds and kitchen waste in vermicomposting.
Bioresource Technology (2009)
  • Adi Ainurzaman Jamaludin
  • Noor Zalina Mahmood
Abstract

Vermicomposting using Lumbricus rubellus for 49 days was conducted after 21 days of pre-composting. Three different combination of treatments were prepared with eight replicates for each treatment namely cow dung : kitchen waste in 30:70 ratio (T1), cow dung : coffee grounds in 30:70 ratio (T2), and cow dung : kitchen waste : coffee grounds in 30:35:35 ratio (T3). The multiplication of earthworms in terms of numbers and weight were measured at the end of vermicomposting. Consequently, only T2 showed significant increase (from it initial stage) compared to other treatments. The presence of coffee grounds in T2 and T3 showed higher percentage of nutrient elements in vermicompost produced. The data reveal that coffee grounds can be decomposed through vermicomposting and help to enhance the quality of vermicompost produced rather than sole use of kitchen waste in vermicomposting.

Keywords
  • coffee grounds,
  • kitchen waste,
  • nutrient element,
  • Lumbricus rubellus,
  • vermicomposting
Publication Date
2009
Citation Information
Adi Ainurzaman Jamaludin and Noor Zalina Mahmood. "Waste recycling: Utilization of coffee grounds and kitchen waste in vermicomposting." Bioresource Technology Vol. 100 Iss. 2 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/adiainurzaman/11/