The project aimed to sensitize students and build their capacity in handling biodegradable waste. The project used story book magic and a practical hands-on experience to turn Vermicomposting into fun learning with a social and moral message. It was designed to impart the know-how of recycling biodegradable waste into Vermicompost.
The project was supported by the Department of Environment, Govt. of Delhi NCT and inaugurated by the then Chief Minister Smt. Sheila Dikshit. More than 100 schools from Delhi/NCR participated in the project.
The project was divided into three phases:
- Orientation Workshop where students were briefed about vermicomposting. Vermi- beds were made by the students using bricks. The beds were filled by arboreal waste from the surrounding area. Children were asked to water and aerate the waste for 15 days.
- Garbyhogs (composter worms) were introduced in the vermin-beds in the second phase of the project. The bed was covered and watered by children regularly for six weeks until the compost was ready.
- The vermicompost was harvested in the third phase of the project. The vermicompost was used in the school garden area. The students were also taught how to refeed garbyhome with waste from the kitchen so that the cycle of Vermicomposting starts again.
As part of the project, a Garbyhog Home Builders Club was initiated in the member schools. Members of this club took the responsibility of managing the process. On successful completion, each member of the club was awarded with a certificate.