Matt Miller, The Nature Conservancy
I lifted the coffee filter and found a raging party going on. A worm party, to be exact. Thousands of red worms crowded together in a wriggling mass as they enjoyed their morning coffee.
I wasn’t grossed out. After all, these little worms are my pets. For the past eight years, they’ve been eating, breeding and producing compost just 20 feet from my dinner table.
It’s true: My home has worms.
The colony of red worms resides in a small bin, a container that is both odorless and virtually unnoticeable to guests. Those worms also provide a valuable service: They turn our household vegetable waste—otherwise destined for a landfill—into rich, organic fertilizer for potting house plants and backyard gardening.
Vermicomposting—composting with worms—is an easy way to take care of food waste, even if you live in a small apartment.
A recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency found that more than 30 million tons of food is wasted each year, accounting for twelve percent of all household waste. About 98 percent of that food waste ends up in landfills.
That rotting food not only takes up space; it also generates methane—a major source of greenhouse gases.
You can do your part to reduce that waste: turn to the worm.