Mangalore, Aug 26: Environment Cell of Yenepoya University has developed a ‘Vermicompost Unit’ to convert waste into compost in the college premises at Deralakatte.
Speaking at the press meet held at Press Club on August 26, Tuesday, University registrar Dr C V Raghuveer said that the vermicompost unit was a solution invented by the students to make a rich compost from the waste generated in the university campus.
He also said that, Yenepoya University has taken a unique step by starting a vermi-technology programme towards waste management with the aim to reduce the waste generated in the university campus. The project also aims to produce vermi-compost and vermiwash from the garbage and use them as bio-fertilizers for the plant production in the campus.
A unique vermicompost unit has been developed in an institution for the first time in the coastal region, he added.
Rajashekhar Puranik, Environmental Officer of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi will inaugurate the unit at campus on August 27, Wednesday at 11.30 am.
Yenepoya University Vice Chancellor Dr P Chandramohan will preside over the programme.
Environment Cell director Prof K Jayarajan said that earthworms are used to process organic waste into high quality compost. The college has six large vermi-bins developed with a capacity of processing garbage load of 750 kg – 1 ton at a time.
Dr Hareesh Joshi and others were present.