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SIUC residence hall massive worm bin

 
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Hello all!

So I recently heard about this interesting project happening at Southern Illinois University in town.  One of the cafeterias for residence halls has set up a system whereby all the food waste is dumped into s gigantic worm bin—the worlds largest as I understand.

The reason was twofold.  Firstly, importantly, there is a cost attached to just dumping all that food—a cost that surprisingly adds up.  Secondly, this is just the sort of thing that SIUC does.  There is a very active environmental movement on the campus (at least there was one when I was a student there).  SIUC sits right at the edge of a national forest, and there is strong interaction between campus and forest among many students.

The compost being created in the bins is being used as bedding and fertilizer for flowers and plants on campus—thus offsetting/reducing entirely the need for porting soil purchased in bags.

I love the idea! Actually I am a little surprised it was not in place when I attended, but nonetheless, this is a great effort and I would love to see these systems expand to other facilities.

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Do you know if it is still operational. I heard that it was sitting empty rusting away?

 
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Blayne,

I so wish I knew the status!!  This seems just like something that SIU would do and something they would forget about!  I wish I could tell you more.

Good to know that there is another Southern Illinoisan out there!

Eric
 
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This article from last year shows an extensive composting operation, but doesn’t mention a worm farm. Perhaps it was a trial that didn’t work out for some reason.
 
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Eric,

Pleasure to meet you sir, where in southern Illinois are you located. I'm in Du Quoin.

Blayne.
 
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Outside of Carbondale.

Really good to know another Permie is in the area.

Eric
 
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