Municipal Wastes

Councils, Waste Transfer Stations and Landfill

Councils

Councils burdened with the responsibility of collecting and disposing of millions of tons of seriously contaminated garbage, could be forgiven for glancing at our little worm business, laughing and saying,

“You Must Be Joking.”

When we suggest that our Blue Nose Worms could reduce materials going to landfill by up to 50%, at the same time making serious savings on soil amendments, for the parks, gardens and playing field budgets.

Let us first show you the situations where our worms can’t help

Landfill Sites

Sorry Worms can’t do much good here, Far too contaminated with Glass, metal, plastic, ammonia & methane

Mixed Waste Transfer Stations

Sorry, Worms can’t do much good here either. Even after separation. This mixed Waste would be still contaminated with small glass particles, and possibly chemicals.

Separated Waste Transfer Stations

Getting there, Skips for clean separated waste brought in by the general public. The paper, Cardboard and green waste from these skips could become acceptable worm food, which would reduce the volume to 1/6th of its bulk in the skips.

Waste Separated by Householders

Now we can seriously reduce the landfill problem up to 50%. This clean waste can be recycled into worm castings, nutrient rich organic soil, or soil amendment with high value and tremendous potential.

How It Could Work ?

Household separation would be an essential requirement if our Blue Nose Worms were to make our theoretical contribution of reducing landfill by 50%. Our government have already indicated charges for householders not separating their wastes, which should certainly help in this regard.

As a feasibility exercise we will consider a small council with 16,000 households each producing 1,200 kilos of mixed garbage per annum, 50% of this garbage will be bio-degradable (Potential Worm Food), total 600 kilos × 16,000 Households = Approximately 10,000 Tons worm food per annum.

This amount could be reduced by up to 20% by promoting low cost home worm composting, successful systems are available, and we don’t mean the Gimmicky Plastic Concoctions currently on sale. (See our domestic waste section).

This would leave us with 8,000 tons per annum to recycle. The volume of this amount of waste would be approx 16,000m³ per year or 300m³ per week.

A central council controlled aerobic composting building would be required with 4 bays each capable of holding 300m³. The normal aerobic composting period is 2 weeks. 1 bay being filled, 2 bays composting 1 bay being emptied.

At the end of the 2 weeks aerobic composting period 150m³ of non polluting compost is left, which is now perfect worm food, ready for transporting to 1 council controlled worm casting facility of 5,000m² or alternatively and possibly better, supplied free to 10 local small farmers each with 500m² of Blue Nose Worm bed area, and a desperate need for a small profitable alternative enterprise.

Each farmer would receive 1 small truck of compost each week (15m³). The output from each farmer would be 250m³ of worm castings and approx 5 tons of mixed size Blue Nose Worms per year. (3m³ of compost produces 1m³ of worm castings)

The total outputs for each farmer would have an anticipated value of around £25,000 per year. Labour requirement would be less than 40 hours per week.

This theoretical scheme is the brainchild of Charlie Denham M.D. of Wonder Worms UK with over 30 years of commercial worm farming experience.

Theoretical? Yes
Possible? Yes
Desirable? Yes