Divert from Landfills
Your garbage is about 40 per cent organic waste — composting keeps all that garbage out of the landfill.
Reduce Global Warming
Organic wastes that end up in landfills decompose without oxygen and produce methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.
Keep Trucks off the Road
Less waste in the garbage means fewer collection trucks on the road.
Grow Healthy Plants
Plants love it — compost is a nutrient-rich fertilizer that helps soil retain moisture.
About Worm Composting
Two great things about worm composting are that you can do it even if you don't have a yard, and you can do it year-round.
If you do it right, there will be no smell or pests so composting with worms is the ideal way to compost indoors.
After your bin is well-established, your food waste can be turned into rich soil for your potted plants or your garden within days.
You can get started today. Order worms for pickup from a convenient downtown location.
Opaque bin with air-holes and lid.
Moist shredded newspaper
No meat or fats
Latest News and Tips
Congratulations to Anthony Davison, Communications Assistant of Procurement Services, for initiating a worm composting program in his office at the University of Toronto. When asked if it was difficult to convince his coworkers to accept worms on the floor, he says that some of them were interested, and others, including his director, said “As long Read more about Worms Eat Leftover Lunches at the University of Toronto[…]
Worm composting is one of the only composting solutions that Canadians have for the winter months. Adding food scraps to a frozen pile of compost outdoors is ineffective and often no fun indeed! But luckily worm composting can be done indoors. One would think that collecting food waste indoors would be a smelly operation. Surprisingly, Read more about Composting with Worms in Winter[…]
With the fall approaching, consider setting up your worm bin today so that you have learned how to manage your bin before taking it indoors in winter. Red worms are not native to Toronto and will not survive well outdoors during our winter. Worm bins can be easily managed inside so that they don’t smell Read more about The Early Bird Conquers the Worm Bin[…]
The city of Vancouver teaches residents how compost their food scraps with worms. Below, Lauren shows you the basics of worm composting. City Farmer, in partnership with the City of Vancouver, teaches worm composting to hundreds of Vancouver residents every year at The Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden and at local schools. Watch her video on harvesting below: Read more about Vancouver Does it Right[…]
TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. Matthew Ross details the steps we can all take to vermicompost at home — and why it makes good business sense to do so. Nearly one third of our food ends up in the trash can. There is hope, however, Read more about Ted-Ed Creates Animation about Vermicompositing[…]
According to the city of Toronto, worm composting “is a very convenient way of composting for apartment dwellers, school staff and students, persons with disabilities, office workers, elderly persons and anyone else who would have difficulty maintaining an outdoor compost pile.” Read more here.