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Banana plantations - Costa Rica

Waste generation

The major sources of waste in banana plantations are:

  • Organic banana waste
  • Chemical waste
  • Plastic waste

Organic banana waste and chemical waste are most effectively dealt with by microbial activity

Plastic waste (22Kb JPEG)
Plastic waste (22Kb JPEG)

Microbial activity is:

  • reliant on carbon sources (potentially sourced from organic matter) and
  • discouraged by acidic soils (potentially encouraged by the use of non-organic fertilisers).

Microbial activity important in three ways:

  1. It degrades organic waste
  2. In the process returning minerals to the soil
  3. Reducing the need for non-organic fertilisers.

Click on the link for a detailed explanation of “a musa based ecosystem”.

 


 
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