Effects of vermicomposting on microbiological flora of infected biomedical waste
Mathur, Umesh B.; Verma, Lalji K. and Srivastava, Jitendra N. (2006) Effects of vermicomposting on microbiological flora of infected biomedical waste. Indian Society of Hospital Waste Management, 5 (1). pp. 28-33.
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Hospital wastes are hazardous and need to be disinfected before disposal. One out of eleven WHO aided pilot projects on Hospital Waste Management in India during biennium, 1999-2000 was allotted to the Command Hospital, Air Force, Bangalore (CHAFB). Project commenced at CHAFB on 10 Jan 1999 as Air Mshl (then AVM) Lalji K Verma as principal investigator to lay down a proper hospital waste management system. As an offshoot of this project composting of bio-degradable part of infected hospital waste using earthworms (Eisenia fetida and Eudrilus eugeniae) was conceived and carried out. It was conceived that bio-degradable component of the waste could be disinfected with process of vermicomposting without causing any adverse impact on the environment & human health. Vermi composting as an effective method to treat bio-degradable municipal or household waste is an age old proven methodology. The same concept was applied for treating infected bio-degradable component of hospital waste.
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