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Composting | Worm Farms | Black Soldier Flies | Upcycling



About Composting

“Approximately 50% of the rubbish Australians put in the everyday mixed-waste ‘garbage bin’ could be put to better use in the garden as compost and mulch or could be returned to agricultural land to improve soil quality. Based on 25 Council audits conducted by EC Sustainable in 2011, around 33% of the rubbish is food organics (including peelings) and about 10% is garden vegetation.

Alarmingly, such a huge amount of organically-active material buried ‘anaerobically’ (without air) in landfills causes over 3% of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions annually through the production of methane gas (which has 25 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide).” 
International Compost Awareness Week



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Worm Farms:


Start a worm farm – Australian Gov. Energy Savings
“A worm farm is a fantastic way to minimise food waste by turning your organic kitchen waste into nutrient-rich fertiliser for your plants and soils.

Worms eat organic waste and turn it into liquid fertiliser and worm castings (the organic material that has been digested by the worms). Both of these products can be used on your garden and on your pot plants to keep them thriving.”



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Black soldier flies (BSF):


Black Soldier Fly Farming (Home Page)
“The BSF larvae will eat kilograms of scrap food a night in small composting units, eliminating your food waste before it can even begin to rot.Nature’s own ultimate food recyclers, BSF have proven to be a great summertime composting solution.

Black Soldier Fly larvae do more than just eat waste.
When they are done eating your food waste, they will harvest themselves into buckets and let you feed them to your chooks, pigs, ducks, birds and fish. You name it. High in protein and fat they could become a main ingredient in future animal feeds.”

On average a household will produce a little under a kg of food waste per day. This food waste can be composted at home using black soldier fly larvae much much faster than worms can do it.”
Black Soldier Fly Farming Youtube Channel


Fly farming: How it could feed the world |
“…One female Black Soldier Fly, the breed of choice for AgriProtein, lays about 1,500 eggs. One kilogram of fly eggs produces 380 kilograms of larval protein in just three days…”




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What is Upcycling, Anyway?

“Upcycling is the process of turning waste, often of the sort that is usually considered “unrecyclable”, into something that is useful or of value…”

“…What Makes For Good Upcycling?

Upcycling serves many purposes, and one of those is to improve the state of the environment. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Longevity – how long will the upcycled item be kept out of the waste stream?
  • Replacement – will the upcycled materials replace the use of new materials?
  • Education – does the upcycled work make a point that will encourage us to change our wasteful ways?
  • Utility – is the upcycled item useful? Does it fulfil a genuine need?
  • Recyclability and reusability – can the upcycled item be recycled or further upcycled when it is no longer needed in its current form?
  • Volume – does the upcycling activity put a significant dent in the volume of waste stream that it comes from?

It may be difficult for any one example of upcycling to tick all these boxes but we don’t have to look too far to find highly imaginative examples of good upcycling.”
from CMA ecocycle

“…explaining recycling vs. upcycling with these handy dandy infographics.  Pin, Share, Like, Repeat!

Reverse Garbage at the Addison Road Community Centre
Reusing tonnes & Reuse workshops –  “Each year Reverse Garbage collects tonnes of valuable resources including reusable off-cuts, over-runs, art & craft materials, stage props, knic-knacks, furniture and other items from hundreds of supporting commercial and industrial businesses, as well as through the generosity of the community…” 

Upcycled Woders – Give your old things new life!
Upcycling Projects for Garden, Clothes, Furniture, Crafts & Art.

Upcycle That – Upcycling Ideas and Inspiration

5 Fun Upcycling Projects That Are Perfect to Make With Kids!by One Green Planet

Ideas on upcycling from the SA Government!

Wikipedia Article on Upcycling

1000 easy Upcycling / Recycling IdeasYoutube channel with hundreds of instructionable videos

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