Worms do their bit for sustainability

Supermarket owner Steve McClean (right) with the newly-established worm farm.

Wiggling towards a more sustainable future, New World Ōrewa has recently installed New Zealand’s first supermarket worm farm.

The store’s newest co-workers are responsible for breaking down any green scraps and have an appetite of up to eight kilograms of organic waste a day.

New World Ōrewa owner-operator Steve McClean says when family friends approached him with the opportunity to install a worm farm, he thought it was a marvellous idea.

“Worm farms are a great way to reduce green scraps and we’re looking forward to using the compost as nutrients for our exterior store gardens,” he says.

Additional food waste that is not given to the store’s worm farm is further diverted away from landfill and donated to The Forest School, just north of Ōrewa, which provides a 100 percent outdoor-based classroom environment.

Forest School founder Tennille Murdoch says the school appreciates the supermarket food scraps.

“It helps us play our part in further diverting food waste away from our landfills, and helps our school and the store be more sustainable,” she says.


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