Large Scale worm farms to recycle dog waste

by Michael
(Leeds, UK)


Here's a question for you, first of all I've never heard of worm farming until today when I was researching dog waste and it brought me here.


By the way the site is a great source of information.

What are the limits to scale on a worm farm? What if a company working in waste wanted to use it as a viable solution to a dog waste problem?

In the company I work for we currently either send it to landfill or to incineration but both of those have significant issues on the environment and worm farms also produce great by products.

I just wondered if you were to do it on a massive scale would it create unforeseen issues. I'm guessing the worms breed and therefore you would get to the required amount eventually but the mixture of soil to dog waste could be critical etc.

Please can I have an experts opinion on large scale worm business.

Cheers

Michael.

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RE: Large scale worm farm to recycle dog waste
by: Stephan

Hello Michael,

I am pleased that you enjoyed the content of my site. Now let me briefly answer your questions.

1. What are the limits to scale on a worm farm?

Well there are basically no limits to the size of a worm farm. Depending on the space and budget you have available you can grow it as large scale as you want as long as you provide enough food / dog poop for the worms and satisfy their basic environmental needs.

2. What if a company working in waste wanted to use it as a viable solution to a dog waste problem?

In my opinion I haven't come across a better solution to take care of dog waste than to feed it to worms who in turn recycle it and convert it into a nutrient rich soil conditioner
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3. I just wondered if you were to do recycle dog waste on a massive scale would it create unforeseen issues?

Well in life there are very seldom guarantees but I have fed dog poop to my worms now for way over 15 years and they have always loved it. Feeding on it eagerly, multiplying in numbers and eating more than I could provide. As I mentioned earlier to keep your worms happy you have to take care of their basic needs which is not rocket science. They need lots food, but can go without for a period of time, oxygen, moist bedding, good materials to live in which could be old cardboard or newspapers for example, protection from natural enemies, the pH levels of their environment should ideally be kept between pH 6.5 and pH 7.5, and lastly they should get protected from extreme heat or cold temperatures.

All these parameters can generally be achieved relatively easy and at a low cost.

I trust this information helps you.

Kind regards and God bless

Stephan Kloppert
Author of "How to start a profitable worm business on a shoestring budget"

Editor of www.worm-composting-help.com

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