Recycling with earthworms

Recycling with earthworms is an easy way to convert large portions of household waste into nutrient rich fertilizer and natural pesticide. 

Most households produce more than 50% of waste that could simply be composted with the help of earthworms / compost worms. Earthworms feed basically on anything that has ever been alive and is now dead. Nearly any organic and natural materials will be welcomed as a food source by these humble creatures. Food waste like apple cores, banana peels, carrot off cuts, tea bags, coffee filters and coffee ground can be fed to compost worms as well as old corrugated cardboard, newspapers, junk mail, old tissues and toilet paper. You will find an extended list of potential worm foods at a link at the bottom of this article. Worm composting can be done virtually anywhere, indoors and outdoors. You can purchase a commercially available worm bin or just set up your own worm farm within a few minutes using an old plastic bucket,  plastic bin or even an simple plastic bag that you have at home.  

These plastic buckets can be quickly converted into a functional worm farm.

Recycling with earthworms is easy

To get started you will need your

  • worm bin, 
  • some worm bedding (for example strips of old newspapers that have been soaked in water),
  • worm food (your food waste, garden clippings...) 
  • and of course worms.

If you do have a compost heap at home you might find some worms right there as they love rich organic matter and can very often picked up by the hundreds in well established composts.

Kitchen scraps can get recycled with earthworms

Earthworms can convert this household waste into rich organic fertilizer. 

Alternatively just order a starter population of about 500 worms from a local commercial worm farmer. You will find a list of worm suppliers in the "worm business directory" on our pages.

Once you got your worm bin, set it up in a shaded place for example a storage room, cellar, garage, or a balcony, under a tree or a bush if you want to run it outdoors.

When it is in position fill the bottom of the bin with a layer of about 4 inches / 10 cm of worm bedding, add your worms and give them about 5 minutes to dig down into the bedding. They are scared of sunlight and will avoid it at all costs.

Once they have disappeared add a thin layer of food waste or any other organic household scraps on top of the bedding and cover the bin with a lid.

Thats basically all you need to start recycling with earthworms.

In the links below you find other articles that will help you to become a successful worm farmer.

Worm composting brings loads of benefits for the environment, yourself and your family. It is easy, fun, doesn't produce bad odors and can be started virtually anywhere. 

How to start a worm farm


Return from "recycling with earthworms" to the home page


Use earthworms to make money from home 


Worm food


10 benefits of worm composting


Worms love to compost dog poop


Watch this  Clip about the basics of worm composting


Find out more about recycling

Your Questions about worm composting?

Do you have any questions or suggestions about worm composting?

This is the place where you can interact with us and other worm composting friends!

[ ? ]

Here yu can upload 1-4 Pictures or Graphics (optional)[ ? ]


Click here to upload more images (optional)

Author Information (optional)

To receive credit as the author, enter your information below.

(first or full name)

(e.g., City, State, Country)

Submit Your Contribution

  •  submission guidelines.

(You can preview and edit on the next page)

What Other Visitors Have Said

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

Harvesting worm castings in a single worm bin 
If you make your own compost bin by using a little died bin, putting holes in it for aeration, and a tap for taking off the juice or leachate. , it seems …

Big worm Farm and Worm compost 
I want to start a big Worm farm the intention is to provide composite for a golf coarse flower beds in in town. can you help me with modern technology …

Will worms freeze in winter? 
Will worms freeze if left unattended in the winter months ?

Growing worms and the worlds hottest chili in one bin Not rated yet
Growing worms in pots together with plants is killing several birds with one stone. Whenever I plant seeds or seedlings of fruit and vegetable plants I …

Does a worm farm need a tap? Not rated yet
Hello, I would like to know if a bucket that I want to use to recycle my kitchen scraps need holes or a tap for the tea to come out? Hello Carole, …

Click here to write your own.

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.


How to make

$ -MONEY - $

with earthworms! 


The Book 

"How to start a profitable worm business on a shoestring budget 

Order a printed copy from "Amazon" for only


or a digital version from the "Kindle" store for only


Prices valid till 30.06.2024

How worms recycle human manure