Composting fruit and vegetable waste using black soldier fly larvae

Irfana Kabir Ahmad, and Zawawi Samba Mohamed, and Nur Fardilla Amrul, and Chong, Wai Quan and Nurul Ain Abdul Jalil, and Noor Ezlin Ahmad Basri, and Mohd Reza Azmi, (2021) Composting fruit and vegetable waste using black soldier fly larvae. Jurnal Kejuruteraan, 33 (4). pp. 837-843. ISSN 0128-0198


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In recent years, the amount of solid waste generated has been increasing, and larger land space is needed for the disposal of the generated waste. One of the ways to deal with the limited landfill space is by composting organic waste using black soldier fly larvae. This study aims to determine the percentage of BSFL growth and to assess the effectiveness of using BSFL in composting fruits, boiled vegetables, and raw vegetables. The waste used in this study was collected from the college cafeteria and sorted into three waste categories, and 100g of each waste category was placed in different containers. Two different sets of experiments were carried out using an initial weight of 2g and 4g of BSFL. Within 17-days experiment, the weight of BSFL and composted waste were measured every three or four days, also an additional 100g of new waste was added to the containers until the amount of waste reached a total of 500g. The BSFL fed with the fruit waste has the highest growth percentage of 1700% relative to their initial weight of 2g. The BSFL with a higher initial density of 4g showed a lower percentage growth of 1200%. Fruit waste showed the highest percentage of weight reduction of 57%. This study has proven that fruit waste is a more suitable medium for larval growth compared to vegetable waste. The use of BSFL in organic waste composting is an effective method for reducing the amount of wastes disposed of in landfills.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Black soldier fly larvae; Composting; Waste reduction; Organic waste management
Journal:Jurnal Kejuruteraan
ID Code:18937
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Deposited On:07 Jul 2022 01:39
Last Modified:13 Jul 2022 06:58

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