January 20th, 2011

Option Green presents -
Home Composting with Worms: Easy, Fun, and Odorless    

Mr. Richard Hills, the Head of the Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management gave a talk at the East Brunswick Public Library on Vermicomposting - home composting with worms. Mr. Hills, a Master composter, explained the process of composting, talked about worm biology and educated the audience on how to use worms for home composting. He brought a composter with working worms and demonstrated how to set up a home composting bin.

To see a video click here

Composting is nature's process of recycling decomposed organic materials into a rich soil known as compost. Any organic material will decompose. 

Finished compost looks like soil and is rich in nutrients. By composting your organic waste you can minimize the amount of waste going to the landfill.

Worm composting provides a convenient method for recycling kitchen scraps into valuable compost. 

The organic waste turned compost is an excellent nutrient rich soil amendment for household and yard plants and can be used as starter for seedlings. 

The liquid “compost tea” that accumulate at the bottom of the bin is an superb liquid fertilizer.

Worm composting is odorless and can reduce the smells associated with kitchen scraps mixed in with garbage.

The worms used are “red wigglers”. Native to North America, these worms live on the surface and feed on decaying organic matter. The adults are about 3 inches long and can live up to seven years. They can eat a half of their body weight every day.  One thousand worms weight about one pound.  A bin in a home composter can hold a few thousand worms.

Want to learn more about the worms? Click here  to see the handout given at the lecture.

“Wriggly Wranch”, vermicompster for indoor use can be purchased from Middlesex county. The county also sells bins for backyard composting. For information on when and where to purchase bins click here.

More information, instruction for building your own bin and where to obtain worms is provided by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

To see photos from the lecture click here

If you are an educator and would like to have a demonstration and/or a composter in your school please contact Rich Hills, Division Head for Solid Waste Management at 732-745-4170

 For information on recycling in Middlesex county  click here

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