Solid Waste Management Program

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Worms can compost garbage faster than any other type of composting method. Worms are also very efficient in digesting kitchen food wastes.  Each day a worm eats half its weight in food.  The care and feeding of worms takes far less effort than maintaining an outdoor compost pile. Some of the realized benefits of keeping a worm bin include recycling kitchen food waste, reducing waste disposal costs, producing soil amendments or fertilizer for house and garden plants and having a ready supply of fishing worms.  Below you will find links to information about composting with worms.

Worm Composting System
This fact sheet provides more information about worm composting as well as instructions for constructing and maintaining a worm composting bin.

Sources for Earthworms
Links and contact information for places to obtain worms and start composting!

Quart Jar Worm Farm
This is a fun activity for kids to learn about how worms move through the soil and by doing so mix it up and make it looser.

Worm Wrangling In Missouri
This article from Missouri Resources has more information about composting with worms and why it's good for the environment.

Vermicomposting: Innovative Kitchen Help
This is another article from Missouri Resources that contains information and activities that will help teachers inform their students about decomposition of organic waste and the role worms play in the environment.

Worm Digest
This website has some of the latest news and trends about worm composting and worms in general.

This website has lots of information about worms and worm composting products.