City to supply worm farms to six rural based schools

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The City of Greater Bendigo is providing six local schools mostly located in rural areas that don’t receive an organics collection, with worm farms to help them and their local communities recycle food and garden waste instead of sending it to landfill.

The schools receiving the worm farms include Axedale Primary, Catherine McAuley College, Eppalock Primary, Holy Rosary Heathcote, Lockwood South Primary and Raywood Primary.

City of Greater Bendigo Coordinator Resource Recovery Development Bridgette McDougall said each of the schools will receive a Grande Worm Farm from Worms Downunder.

Worm farms are a great way to minimise food waste by turning kitchen and garden organic waste into nutrient-rich fertiliser for plants and soils.  The worms in the farm eat the organic waste and turn it into liquid fertiliser and worm castings which can be used on gardens and pot plants to keep them thriving,” Ms McDougall said.

“Processing waste in a worm farm is simple and effective and requires only a small amount of time to maintain a healthy effective system.  The Grande Worm Farm can process up to 20kg of organic waste per day with 15kg of worms.  It was developed to process large amounts of organic waste which would otherwise end up in landfill so it is perfect for schools.

“Lots of different types of food and garden scraps, shredded paper, cardboard and manure can go into the worm farms each day, including things from home kitchens.

“As the worm farm grows so can the amount of food scraps that it processes, this means that kitchen scraps that may have otherwise gone into the waste bin at home, can come to school to feed the worms.”

The City is supplying the worm farms with funding provided by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning as part of the Climate Change Innovation Grants program to improve the diversion of organics from landfill.

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