Vermicomposting at the Olympics

I just caught a brief (but interesting) example of how vermicomposting is being used at the Olympics in Beijing this summer. They are using worms to process the manure from the horse facility.

Apparently the 224-stall Olympic horse facility is quite green in general, despite the fact that it is air conditioned.

To tie in with the green theme of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the stalls are constructed from engineered wood made of sustainable bamboo and the rubber flooring is made from recycled tyres. The air-conditioning and lighting systems use 30% less energy than conventional installations.

Mr Shea said all Olympic stable waste will be sent to a vermicomposting plant where millions of earthworms will transform the stable waste into environmentally friendly, organic fertiliser.

Full article: Sha Tin stables ready to greet Olympic horses

I love hearing about stuff like this!

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    • Kami
    • April 2, 2008

    Hi Bently,

    I became fascinated with using worms to break down food waste when I heard that the Olympics in Sidney Australia was going to have all of their food waste (including forks and plates made out of biodegradable material) consumed by worms. I never heard about how successful that plan worked out or if they even ended up doing that, but that is what started my interest in worms.

    If anyone knows how the Sidney Olympics worked out on the composting plan, I would love have a link to that information.

    • Bentley
    • April 3, 2008

    I remember hearing about the compostable plates/utensils and thinking it was super cool – I didn’t realize they were feeding everything to worms though! Wow.
    I’d certainly be interested to hear how that turned out as well!


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