Report: Convert Textile Waste to Compost

Researchers have found that waste from the textiles industry can be converted into rich, agricultural compost.  A new report published in the International Journal of Environment and Pollution states that a species of earthworm, together with animal manure, can thrive and transform solid sludge into compost.

The textile industry creates an abundance of sludge due to its high production and treatment of wastewater.  Solid sludge is difficult to dispose of.

The researchers, from the University of Science and Technology in India, have found that the vermicompost process can create compost in 180 days.

Now, only six percent of material flows end up in carpet products, as mentioned in an earlier article this week, ‘Green Jobs… in Manufacturing?‘.  It doesn’t take much to imagine the waste and sludge.

If the vericompost process works well for the textiles industry, what can it do for other industries in Canada?  Or, Canadian landfills which are overflowing to the point where we are about to “close” those landfills and ship our waste elsewhere?

For more information, read Earth911.com’s article at:

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http://earth911.com/blog/2009/08/05/researchers-convert-textile-waste-to-compost/

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