It's slimy goodness! Dave Perez has his hands full.
It's slimy goodness! Dave Perez has his hands full. Crystal Spencer/Tweed Daily News

Club wheelie bin good sports

CABARITA Beach Sports Club has the cleanest worms in the recycling business.

They spend much of their time in the bath.

And not only is the Tweed Coast club recycling its kitchen scraps and paper, it has taken recycling to another level.

Even the baths the worms live in are recycled.

The Caba club has nine baths with worms and several others on standby, processing 120kg of kitchen scraps each week.

That is a lot of lettuce scraps.

Grounds manager David Perez said there were 5000 to 6000 worms in each tub.

After collection in a wheelie bin in the kitchen, the combination of lettuce, cabbage and other vegetable waste is put through a mulcher.

“It looks like baby food,” Mr Perez said.

“My off-sider loves doing it - he says it smells like a juice shop.”

The worms enjoy their mulched food and are quick to work through it.

The finished compost is then used on the club grounds and whatever is left over is given to club members.

The club is setting up a propagation shed for the Cabarita Dune Care group, so the mulch will be put to further good use.

Mr Perez, good naturedly referred to as Dave the Worm Man, said although the worms had been in their tubs for a year, the idea came more than a year earlier.

“More than two years ago, there was an energy audit on the club looking at power use and waste management,” he said.

From that came recommendations on ways to reduce rubbish output.

“It (the bathtub system) is a really easy way of doing it,” Mr Perez said.

“We bought our first two (tubs), then we approached one of our members who runs Tweed Skips and asked him if he had some.”

Mr Perez said Coolangatta Special School had a similar composting operation, but as far as he knew, the nearest club using worm compost was at Shellharbour, on the New South Wales Central Coast.

Thanks to the hard-munching worms, the Caba club uses very little commercial fertiliser. Mr Perez said the club was planning to sell worms and teach others how to set up composting systems.

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