Wormery success continues at Upper Hutt City Council

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council

Upper Hutt City Council’s custom built wormery continues to provide interest and education to schools and community groups.
Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Wormery success continues at Upper Hutt City Council

Upper Hutt City Council’s custom built wormery continues to provide interest and education to schools and community groups.

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 11 OCT 2011—A large wormery, built from predominantly recycled material is continuing to generate interest and provide education to the community according to Upper Hutt City Council’s Sustainability Advisor, Roderick Boys.

Since its completion in July, Mr Boys has been called upon to conduct several demonstrations, showcasing the inner workings of the wormery and how it composts organic material. Visits to the wormery have included a local Brownies unit and several school groups. “It is great to see the increasing community interest in this project,” says Mr Boys. “Not only do we see awareness increasing, it seems people are very interested in finding practical ways to reduce their environmental impact and lead more sustainable (and affordable) lifestyles.”

After a Heathly Homes, Happy Pockets wormery workshop that coincided with the commissioning of the wormery, Mr Boys received wide and varied interest from the community. The soon-to-be appointed Sustainability Education Officer will help cope with the increased demand of groups and individuals looking to participate in sustainable initiatives. In particular, water conservation is an increasingly hot topic. “We thought we were recruiting the Education Officer to engage with schools in the community,” says Mr Boys. “While that objective remains, the new appointee’s time resource is already in demand as the wider community’s interest begins to self-generate. We are very excited about this, particularly with younger people taking a keen interest which generates fantastic learning outcomes in the long run.”

Upper Hutt City Council cemented its commitment to sustainability with the appointment of Mr Boys, earlier this year. In an effort to lead by example, the Council started recycling its food scraps through the wormery. This is one of many projects that will be used to reduce its own environmental footprint whilst providing education and resources for the community to do the same.
About Upper Hutt City Council
Upper Hutt City Council is the steward and custodian of Upper Hutt City, providing governance, infrastructure, and community services and resources, and promoting opportunity in the city for business, recreation, lifestyle, and leisure. Upper Hutt City is located 30 km north-east of Wellington City (41°07’34” S, 175°04’06” E) and boasts 70% of the region’s parks and reserves, along with state-of-the-art entertainment and leisure facilities.
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For more information on Upper Hutt City and the City Council go to www.upperhuttcity.com

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