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Vermicomposting Project

2012 Arlington, Virginia, USA

Sixth graders at Swanson Middle School felt it was important to address the problem of organic waste leaching from landfills as a source of Chesapeak Bay nutrient loads. noting that 14% of U.S. trash is from food scraps, they decided to promote composting using worm bins. They built a worm bin at school, and used it to demonstrate a simple vermicomposting method, crating artwork to promote it in the school community and offering free starter worms from their bin for anyone interested to try it.