Waste education is extremely important to us and we have contributed to numerous education programs. We have given talks and workshops at a diverse range of locations including World Environment Day (Sunshine Coast University), PowerLink (Brisbane), Compost Week (Brisbane), Origin (Brisbane), Oaks Flats Bowls Club (NSW), Creek Sustainability Expo (Caboolture), Sustainability at the J (Noosa), Cooroy Sustainability Expo (Cooroy) to name a few. We have also contributed to the Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s (SCRC) Waste Management Taskforce. We have been involved with Totally Wild and Scope educating children in better waste management processes and the benefits of worms. Educating children and working with schools is of particular importance.
In 2009 a pilot project was initiated at the Hyatt Regency Coolum, the largest employer on the Sunshine Coast. The educational potential disseminating from this system is significant. The first audit undertaken has shown the three module system installed is already processing 300kgs per week of kitchen scraps and paper waste. The Hyatt no longer requires the off-site services of a document shredder and also uses the resultant products on their grounds. The 2009 PGA Golf Tournament at the Hyatt featured Worm Habitats for disposal of tickets!
Worms Downunder has also installed a Worm Habitat Grande System at the Eumundi State School in order to process Eumundi Market waste. This initiative is allowing children to have a hands-on role in collecting waste, dealing with stall holders, learn about waste, recycling, life cycles, and mini-beasts. They will also market and sell the products produced through the vermiculture process.