Vermicomposting of municipal solid wastes


15th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, Rodos, Greece, 31 August - 02 September 2017

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Rodos
  • Country: Greece
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this study is the production of compost out of municipal solid waste (MSW) through the method of vermicomposting using Eisenia foetida. Within the scope of this study, the quality of municipal solid waste compost that is produced as a result of composting process through the method of vermicomposting and the conditions of treatment were compared. 14 reactors were used and each of them had 3 kg of waste capacity. In five reactors, municipal organic solid waste that underwent a predecomposition in other five reactors, municipal organic solid waste that did not undergone a predissociation was going to be vermicomposted. In four reactors, municipal organic solid waste were composted through classical methods and these reactors were observed as control reactors. Throughout the study, some analyses was carried out on the samples of leachate that came through the reactors and the process of compost was observed. In order to determine the quality of compost that was produced after the completion of composting process, the analyses including fermenting degree (rottegrad), cytotoxicity, hygiene (salmonella) and heavy metal (copper, lead, cadmium, nickel, zinc, chrome) were implemented.