O'ahu generates 50,000 tons of food waste each year. This waste is:
1) either grinded by garbage disposals (using eight gallons of water per gallon of food) and sent into an overburdened sewer system to be dumped into the ocean;
2) thrown into the trash to be hauled by a fossil-fuel burning truck to the landfill in Nanakuli where it stinks up the neighborhood and is buried forever; or
3) thrown into the trash to be hauled by another fossil-fuel burning truck to H-Power, where it decreases the efficiency of the furnace and gunks up the works because food waste is wet.
In all three cases, the resource is destroyed.
By vermicomposting, you manage household organic waste on-site, saving fuel, water, money, and landfill space. There is no odor whatsoever, no noise, no bugs. On-site vermicomposting is the most direct, simple, efficient, and easiest way to handle 34% of our waste that is comprised of food and other organic material..
By vermicomposting, you recover valuable plant nutrients and recycle them to the soil where they can be used again by plants. We generate enough nutrients in our waste stream on O'ahu to eliminate the thousands of tons of chemical fertilizers we import (costing money, fuel, etc.) to support local agriculture and green up golf courses, landscaping, and lawns. Most home vermicomposters use their vermicast (the worm's product) on their garden, yards, and houseplants. I package mine to sell ($8-$15/pound) and also give it to all my gardener friends for Christmas.