Never thought I'd be so happy to say that phrase - "We've got worms!" It's generally not something to shout out in polite conversation, but in this case I'm thrilled. For the worms in question have miraculously appeared in our composter.
Late last year we were fortunate to receive grant funding from the North Shore chapter of TD Friends of the Environment. We wanted to divert organic waste from our staff and schools away from the landfill. After all, with all our staff and most of our visiting schools lunching on site, there is a notable amount of waste being generated.
Thanks to the advice of Microcosm Composting (and a really helpful on site composting technology review conducted by Metro Vancouver), we identified the Jora unit as being perfect for us. It generates compost in around two months, is critter proof, easy to use, and takes all types of food scraps. Exactly what we need.
With the collection of staff generated organics under our belt, we implemented the collection of school food scraps with the new school year in September. It's been reassuring to find out that many schools are at ease with organics collection, and some even coming to expect it.
With staff alone, we estimate that in the first ten months of using it, we have diverted about 350 litres worth of food scraps from the landfill. Something the Green Team can be happy about - so thanks TD Friends of the Environment. Your funds are most gratefully received.
Photo: Toby Hudson [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)
In the time of COVID-19, when our lives have been turned upside down, it can help to reflect on what has gone before, in order to find hope for what may come.