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Preface to the
Best Practice Guideline to Managing On-SiteVermiculture Technologies
Best Practice Guideline to Managing On-Site Vermiculture Technologies
series of InformationSheets have been produced to support the continuing development of the Recycled Organics industry in New South Wales and to provide best practice guidelines for the on-site treatment of compostableorganic materials produced by the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector.Treatment of compostable organics produced on-site by the C&I sector using vermiculture technologyrepresents a potentially viable way of managing these materials. The production of vermicast also provides a product that may be used to maintain the landscaped environment.The establishment and management of an on-site vermiculture unit can result in some uncertainties interms of the performance capabilities of such units and the management practices required to sustainthese capabilities. Failure can occur within vermiculture units due to a number of reasons that usuallyrelate to an absence of information and management within the organisation.Efficient management and monitoring of vermiculture units is necessary to maintain an effective processing system and to ensure adequate system performance without any adverse affects on theenvironment.To ensure a vermiculture unit is efficient and effective, it must be installed at an adequate scale to meetthe requirements of the organisation. The development of an on-site organics management systemshould also result in realistic expectations as to the performance capabilities of the system. A level of commitment from both management and staff is required to ensure operational success.This guide to best practice management will support the appropriate and sustainable application of on-site vermiculture technology in the C&I sector. Information has been provided that will inform thevermiculture industry, the waste management industry and relevant C&I sector enterprises andinstitutions on the capabilities, management requirements and appropriate application of on-sitevermiculture technology.These Information Sheets have been developed to complement existing information resources and to provide an easy-to-read account of how to establish and manage an on-site, mid-scale vermiculture unitfor the C&I sector. On-site, mid scale organics management systems are capable of processing between20 and 250 kg of compostable organics per day. The guide gives practical information as to thedevelopment of such a system including feedstock preparation, monitoring and maintenance proceduresand use of the vermicast end product.Amanda Ferris, Mark Jackson and Angus CampbellRecycled Organics UnitThe University of New South Wales.Sydney, January 2002.