Vermicomposting vs Composting



The application of composting and vermicomposting processes to waste management have sought generally to obtain products which are commercially valuable. For this reason, many of the other possibilities they offer have been disregarded and left unstudied. We consider it to be of utmost importance to apply one of these two processes in order to stabilize organic wastes, at the same time managing to solve, or at least minimize, the environmental problems arising from their disposal, without needing in many cases to complete the process. Alternatively, if the composition and characteristics of the waste to be treated will allow, the processes may be taken to completion so that the end products are of better structure and utility.

The conventional composting process is suitable for the rapid treatment of large amounts of wastes, in order to eliminate contamination problems more quickly than the traditional vermicomposting systems and is currently widely utilized in this way. However, the newer, and at the moment not fully established, vermicomposting continuous reactor systems seem to be equally applicable to large scale processing. Traditional batch and bed vermicomposting systems may be an alternative way to manage wastes produced on a smaller scale in order to eliminate those problems and at the same time obtain a valuable organic fertilizer. Vermicomposting, either small scale or large scale, may have an important role to play in animal waste management and we think that both vermicomposting and composting are not necessarily mutually exclusive; both systems could be used in sequence to take advantage of unique and valuable features of each.





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