Social enterprise wins grant to send out composting worms that can turn waste into high-grade fertiliser

It used to be that the early bird would get the worm, but households, schools and even prisons can now have the invertebrates delivered free to their door – if they get a wriggle on.

A Nottingham-based initiative, the Urban Worm Community Interest Company (UWC), is on a mission to “worm up” the UK by kickstarting an urban worm farming movement that can create high-grade fertiliser from banana skins and old socks.

Tackles climate change: rotting food waste releases the greenhouse gases methane and nitrous oxide, which are 13 and 310 times stronger than carbon dioxide.

Worms for all: low-cost, low-tech and perfect for the city. You don’t need a garden to keep a few worms. They will be very happy under your kitchen sink.

Sustainable waste management: worms love organic waste. Solutions for domestic and industrial waste management – from food to animal waste – that are efficient, ecological and economical.

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