Implementation of Vermicomposting in Selected Offices on Campus.

by: Jennie Christian, Janet Joynt, Ryan Kennedy, Kathy McEachern

Course: ERS 285, 1994
Supervisor: Jim Robinson

Abstract

Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, converts organic waste into a dark, rich soil conditioner usable on plants and lawns. The process uses redwigglers (red worms) and other micro-organisms which eat and expel their own weight in food every day. The purpose of this project was to move towards a sustainable campus by reducing the quantities of organic waste disposed of in landfills, by implementing vermicomposting in campus offices.

A variety of methods were used to increase awareness and interest, and decrease fears and concerns of vermicomposting. These include information presentations, pamphlets and booth displays. Vermicomposting bins were implemented in the Federation of Student's Office, at the Turnkey desk in the Campus Centre, and in the University's Waste Management Co-ordinator's Office. As well, interest was generated for bins to be implemented in the future for the office of the Dean of Environmental Studies and the University President's office.

It was found that of the offices which implemented vermicomposting, all were very enthusiastic after initial concerns were alleviated. It has been recommended that the objectives of this project be pursued by other groups due to considerable interest displayed by faculty, staff and students at the University.

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