Vermicomposting is great way to compost if you have limited outdoor space or live in an apartment or condominium.  Vermicomposting uses earthworms, usually red wigglers, to turn organic waste into high quality compost consisting of worm castings, uneaten bedding, and feedstock harvested from worm beds.

You can make your own Vermicomposting kit with the following list of supplies and tools or purchase a kit from a retailer:

  • One 14 – 20 gallon plastic storage tub with a lid
  • A drill and drill bit (any size close to ½ inch)
  • LOTS of shredded newspaper (way more than you think!)
  • A bucket of water
  • ½  - 1 pound (or more) of Red Wigglers (Eisenia Fetida is the scientific name).     

How to Create & Maintain a Simple Worm Bin Video

What to Feed Your Worms

Yes (yummy) No (yuck)
Anything Green (especially the leafy stuff) Citrus (no orange, lemon, or lime)
Fruits Fats, Oils & Salad Dressings
Vegetables Breads & Cereals
Coffee Grounds & Filters Salts (no seasoned food)
Tea Bags Meat
Black & White Newspaper Sugars (no processed food)
Eggshells (crushed) Garlic & Onions

Vermicomposting Classes

Orange County Solid Waste Management teaches public composting classes in the spring and fall. The classes teach the basics or indoor composting using worms, and outdoor composting using a variety of recipes and structures. 

For more information contact Orange County Solid Waste Management