How Worms Help with Recycling

While recycling may be something fairly new to the world, worms have been doing it since there have been worms at all. Worms recycle many different types of waste into materials that are highly nutritious for plants. If you have a garden and you need compost, one of the best ways to go about producing it is to get a worm bin going. Worms can recycle all of your household food waste into compost that you can use to keep your garden healthy.

The Worms

You’ll want to use redworms to recycle the waste. There are other types of worms, such as nightcrawlers, but these aren’t appropriate for recycling. You can simply go to a bait shop and asked them for redworms or, as they’re sometimes called, wigglers. These are the best words for recycling. All you have to do is bring them home and provide them with a wooden box with burrowing material and food to eat. The burrowing material can be made out of paper, cardboard or cow or horse manure. If it’s paper or cardboard, make certain that you moisten it with water. You can use a plastic bin to hold your worms, as well, but plastic won’t keep them as insulated from the environment as will would. Only use untreated wood for your worms.

The Process

The worms will consume the food waste that you provide them. As they produce waste, they produce compost that can be used in your garden or on your lawn. This is one of the most productive ways to recycle food waste and it has other benefits, as well. One of its principal benefits is that food waste doesn’t end up taking up space in landfills and, even more importantly for homeowners, food waste isn’t sitting in your garbage cans attracting varmints, flies and other nuisances. Worms can help you get started making your own compost!