City of Springfield Environment News Releases

Posted on: January 5, 2015

Springfield Fire Stations promote environmental sustainability

Vermicomposting bin


Firefighters are known for saving homes. Now, they’re doing their part to help save the environment by recycling their food scraps. Ten of Springfield’s Fire Stations are now “vermicomposting” sites where food scraps are recycled instead of discarded with the help of worms. Worm composting turns many types of kitchen waste into a nutritious soil for plants.

The rules are pretty simple. With few exceptions, cooking scraps go into a special bin. The worms feed on non-meat organic waste such as vegetables, fruits, eggshells, tea bags, coffee grounds and shredded garden waste. The worms break down the scraps to enhance soil drainage and boost the nutrients available to plants. It takes about 4 months for them to produce compost for plants.

The compost bins are an excellent addition the fire stations, most of which are already utilizing garden areas. “Our fire stations will be able to harvest the compost for use in station gardens,” said Battalion Chief Julie Williams. “Healthier soil means healthier fruits and vegetables on our plates. It’s a win-win!”

Chief Williams, who spearheaded the effort, says the program is about education and environmental sustainability. Kids will learn about the worms during station tours and hopefully consider trying it at home.

The bins were provided courtesy of the Sustainability Division of the Department of Environmental Services, in support of their sustainable choice to recycle organic food waste.


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