Measuring the long term impacts of community Composting and Worm Farming workshops 06/08/15
While community Composting and Worm Farming workshops continue to attract a lot of community interest, what impact are these workshops having?
EnviroCom facilitates regular, and consistently popular, community Composting and Worm Farming workshops on behalf of many local Councils. By asking workshop attendees to participate in an online survey, 6 months after workshop delivery, it is possible to measure the impact these workshop are having in either changing or maintaining a preferred behaviour in relation to sustainable waste management over time.
At an average workshop, between 40%-60% of participants have either never attempted composting or worm farming, or have tried previously and been unsuccessful. Results from the follow up surveys indicate that more than 85% of participants are successfully engaged in composting or worm farming activities 6 months post-workshop and more than 80% of participants are already using the by-products from their compost or worm farm systems on their gardens.
Survey results indicate that those practising composting are diverting an average of 4L of organic waste per week, and those practising worm farming are diverting an average of 2L of organic waste per week. At this rate, it is estimated that the average workshop participant would divert between 106kg-214kg per annum from landfill for composters and between 53kg-107kg for worm farmers.
Based on the feedback received, it is suggested that even over the longer term, the information and advice provided through the community workshops continues to assist residents to establish or successfully maintain healthy, functioning compost or worm farm systems.