Interested in composting

Port Moody residents are showing a growing interest in the city’s worm composting pilot program, with just a couple spots remaining for the program’s first workshop this Saturday.

One of only two opportunities to join the city’s worm composting trial, Saturday’s 11 a.m. workshop will feature Vancouver urban gardener Lynsey Dobbie explaining the basics of reducing household waste by composting with worms.

The second and final worm workshop of 2011 will be held on June 8.

Both workshops are at the Port Moody rec complex and registration is required through the city’s website.

The cost of the workshop and a worm composting kit for residents is $39.20, a subsidized cost that the city decided to underwrite last year to the tune of $3,500 in an effort to promote waste reduction in Port Moody.

Julie Pavey, the city’s environmental services manager and co-ordinator of the pilot composting program, said the city ordered 50 worm composting kits for this year’s trial, meaning that workshop attendance will be capped at 25 participants each.

While initially geared towards Port Moody residents who live in multi-family dwellings such as condos and townhouses, and therefore don’t have access to backyard composters, Pavey said the program is also getting interest from residents in detached, single-family homes.

Similar to standard outdoor composting, worm composting works quicker and in a smaller space by using worms to eat the organic food waste, breaking it down faster and more efficiently — and with less odour than typical composting.



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