08 Nov '17, 8am

Students turn food waste into 'worm tea' fertiliser

Students turn food waste into 'worm tea' fertiliser

SINGAPORE - Students at National Junior College have been using worms to reduce food waste produced in their school. Tucked in a corner of the school are worm factories where the creatures are grown and then mobilised to turn food waste into fertiliser, through a process called vermicomposting. The factories are each about 1m tall and hold three levels each of soil, coco peat and 300 to 400 worms. Food waste like egg shells, vegetable scraps and coffee grounds are blended and dumped into the factories for the worms to consume and digest, which they complete in one week. After water is poured into the factories at the end of every week, the liquid that drains out is then used to fertilise the school's garden. The students have even taken their knowledge to residents at the nearby Watten Estate to show them how they can create their own worm factories as well. (Left to right...

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