Chicago, IL, April 10, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- On Tuesday, April 14, 2015 the eighth round of Seed Chicago, Accion Chicago's curated Kickstarter page, will be launched with a party at the Chicago Innovation Exchange (1452 E. 53rd Street). The event is being hosted by Nature's Little Recyclers (the urban Vermiculture pioneers from the Back of the Yards neighborhood), whose “No More Landfills” project is being introduced, along with four others. The event is open to the public, but requires free online registration through Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/NLR-150414.
The “No More Landfills” fund-raising campaign is aimed at helping expand Nature's Little Recyclers' operations, and ultimately grow from their current facility to one that will allow for ten times the waste processing. At the heart of this innovative waste management venture is the common “red wiggler” earthworm, which consumes approximately half its body weight per day in organic matter. The company has developed a system where the worms are kept in a climate-controlled “factory” setting, which not only allows for year-round activity, but maximizes reproduction while eliminating most of the challenges of outdoor vermiculture.
Nature's Little Recyclers is seeking to expand from their current plant, which supports 3 tons of worms (consuming 1.5 tons of waste per day), to a 60,000 square-foot industrial property which would enable them to scale up to thirty tons of worms, thereby processing fifteen tons of organic waste per day. Worms will consume pretty much anything that's not metal, plastic, or particularly hard, and can be fed paper, cardboard, table scraps, spent grain from brewers, coffee chaff from roasters, soy bean pulp from tofu production, grounds from your corner coffee shop, and assorted other landfill-bound leftovers from the modern urban food chain.
Aside from taking large quantities of material out of the city's waste stream, the Nature's Little Recyclers' system produces top-notch vermicast compost, which is available in three grades, and, of course, the worms themselves, which are sold for home composting, sport fishing, and as snacks for various vermiphagous pets.
For more information about the event: http://nlrworms.com/nlr/projects.html