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worms recycling food waste

Households, schools and businesses can all vermicompost

USDA – Over one-third of all available food goes uneaten through loss or waste and vermicomposting, or worm composting, turns food scraps into a beneficial soil amendment that can be used in home gardens, landscaping, turfgrass, farms and more.
Composting keeps food waste out of landfills where it decomposes and releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Start vermicomposting by following these easy steps:
  • Select Container: Make your own bin from plastic or wood storage containers or purchase one. Worm bins require holes for aeration and drainage.
  • Bin Location: The temperature inside a worm bin should be 59-77 degrees F. During colder months, insulate an outdoor bin with blankets, straw, or other material to keep it warm.
  • Worm Bin Setup:
    • Create a bedding of shredded paper or dried leaves. Soak the material for ten minutes, wring out excess water, and place it in the bin with a handful of soil.
    • Add at least one pound of worms to your bin. Red wigglers are recommended. Do not use worms from a bait shop or your garden since they will not thrive in your bin.
    • Feed your worms vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, and crushed eggshells. Avoid meat, fish, dairy products, citrus, twigs, and branches.
    • Harvest your vermicompost after about four months and use it immediately or store it for later use.