Waste Bin Collection: Reduce Collections By Using A Worm Farm
Waste Bin Collection: we all know that a large portion of the waste we throw out is actually recyclable – however in many areas, waste bin collection services are still not available to cover all waste and recycling streams at an economic price. There are many great and easily accessible services available – such as paper and cardboard bins, commingled recycling for bottles and cans and in some areas – you can use green waste services for garden and tree clippings.
Waster offers a real alternative to small and medium Australian businesses – as we provide all waste bin collection (such as rubbish removalists Melbourne) services such as general waste, organic food waste disposal and recycling collections. You can book your service or just check your prices online through our waste portal below:
Waste Bin Collection – how you can use worm farms to reduce waste collection costs!
In previous blogs we have covered various solutions for organic food waste.
One of the biggest issues with food waste – is that it is extremely heavy and can make general waste bin hire very expensive (as general waste costs increase with bin weight).
Operating a worm farm in your garden can be a great method to dispose of your organic food waste and reduce bin weights. There is a very good article on the topic at yourenergysavings.com.au – which we quote from below:
“Worms eat organic waste and turn it into liquid fertiliser and worm castings (the organic material that has been digested by the worms). Both of these products can be used on your garden and on your pot plants to keep them thriving.”
“You can use worm liquid to replace fertiliser. The liquid needs to be diluted until it is the colour of weak tea. This mixture won’t burn your plants. You could bottle your excess liquid and give it as a gift with instructions on how to use it.”
The article lists the key steps for choosing and installing a worm farm.
Choose the type of worm farm:
Basically choose how large a farm you want – and where you will position it.
Prepare the farm:
– “Your worms will need a bed inside their box. The bed should be made out of good-quality soil, leaves and shredded paper. The worm bed should be around 15 centimetres deep.
– Add a little water to the worm bed—it needs to be kept moist but not wet.
– Source your worms from commercial worm growers or your local nursery. The common types are: Tiger, Indian Blue and Red Wriggler. Worms are usually available by the thousand and you’ll need between 1,000 and 2,000 worms to start with. They will multiply over time.
– Settle your worms in by gently spreading them over the surface and watch them burrow into their new bed. Remember to make sure your worms have enough bedding and that you keep your worm farm damp, covered and cool.
– If you notice pests like slugs and vinegar flies once your farm is up and running, dust the top with lime and check you haven’t added too much food.”
Feed the worms
Food waste should be chopped up as small as possible – to speed up the process.
– “Add your kitchen waste regularly in small amounts and in one place at a time. Cover new food with a light cover of their bedding material or a handful of soil or compost.
– Only feed your worms when they have almost finished their last meal or it will start to rot.
– Don’t feed worms on dairy (butter and cheese), meat, fish, fat or bones. They also don’t like citrus peel, onion or garlic.”
You can then use the output from the farm – to improve your gardening skills!
Check out the www.thegentlemanvermiculturist.com.au for more details on all things worm farm related.