What is Vermicomposting?
Vermicomposting is the consumption and decomposition of organic waste via an ecosystem of earthworms and microbes which produces a biologically-active soil amendment called worm castings.
How Is it Different Than Composting?
Vermicomposting is a physical process under moderate temperatures using techniques dictated by the limitations of the worms' burrowing and eating capacity and tolerance of environmental conditions. It is best suited for faster processing of smaller quantities of waste.
Composting on the other hand, is a more chemical process, occurring under high temperatures and not bound by limitations on depth. And while hot composting is slower, it is better suited to processing large amounts of waste.
For more information, please check out this article on the differences between vermicomposting and composting!
Why Should You Vermicompost?
Vermicomposting at home, school, or office is the purest form of recycling, full-stop.
Food waste is by far the heaviest form of household waste, meaning it is the most costly in terms of carbon cost to truck it away. To boot, that food waste will produce methane in the landfill which is a greenhouse gas that traps 84 times the heat of carbon dioxide.
And unlike recycling paper, plastic, or glass, you can do it at home.
Why Use a Continuous Flow Worm Bin?
A continuous flow worm bin like the Urban Worm Bag leverages the worms' tendency to remain in the upper few inches of their habitat.
In most DIY bins, this means disturbing the worms in order to tediously separate the worms from the worm castings.
The Urban Worm Bag's bottom opening allows for easy castings harvesting without disturbing the worm workers above.
Why Choose the Urban Worm Bag?
Because of innovative design and ridiculous customer service.
I am always striving to find ways to improve the vermicomposting process for beginners and the Urban Worm Bag does just that by making the harvesting process a breeze.
And I'm proud of the fact that the Urban Worm Company has a reputation for over-the-top customer service. Problem with your UWB? I'll send you a new one or come up with a solution that keeps you happy.
I have two up and running and have been worm composting for about 2 years. I have really been pushing the limits and I can’t believe how fast they are cranking out compost.
I probably spend about 15-20 minutes per month on my Bags and I can't get over how easy it has gotten.
Linda UWC Customer
STEVE! OMG, your worm bin worked fantastically and was so easy to harvest from! We harvested about 12 lbs and made tea to feed our plants. Our neighbor and grower friends were amazed at the quality of the castings. No bad odors or bugs, just light, fluffy, pitch black nutritious vermicompost. Thank you so much for the great idea, information, design, and product.
Just light, fluffy, black nutritious vermicompost!
RL UWC Customer
I bought an Urban Worm Bag a few months ago as a first-timer and just wanted to rave to you about how well it’s going. My kids love it, it has ZERO smell, fungus, or pests, and the worms are clearly very happy. I just did my first harvest, just in time to get my veggies in the ground here in upstate NY.
Thanks for making vermicomposting accessible to housewives and schoolchildren!
"Thanks for making vermicomposting accessible to housewives and schoolchildren!"
Patricia Urban Worm Bag Customer
This continuous flow through vermicomposter has exceeded my expectations. Assembly was extremely easy and took between 5 and 10 minutes. The poles are metal and the plastic connectors are robust and tight.
"....the best value in vermicomposting"
David Urban Worm Bag Amazon Customer
The Urban Worm Bag allowed me to overcome all of my problems with airflow and accumulation of moisture. When I had an issue with the frame, I reached out to the company on a Sunday morning, not expecting a response for a day or two. I got a response from Steve within the hour. Now I’m on the Version 2 and it’s going well so far. I did my first harvest a few weeks ago and it was exactly what I hoped for. Great product and great service.
Nice upgrade, awesome service
Dan L Amazon Customer
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