December 14, 2015 – The Woodridge Park District would like to congratulate Woodridge resident Justin Grecco for completing his Eagle Scout project at Village Greens of Woodridge Golf Course and attaining the highest advancement rank available in the Boy Scouts of America.
Justin researched, designed, and coordinated construction of a worm bin to be housed in the cart room of Village Greens. The worm bin is a vital component of Village Greens’ “Zero Waste Food and Beverage” initiative, as well as their organic fertilization program. In 2015, Village Greens staff diverted approximately 1,500 pounds of food waste from landfills by collecting and “feeding” food and paper scraps from their food and beverage operation to the compost worms housed in Justin’s worm bin. The worms processed the trash and turned it into vermicompost, a valuable organic fertilizer. The vermicompost was then used to create compost which was applied to the golf course instead of using synthetic fertilizers. In addition diverting trash, Village Greens was able to reduce synthetic fertilizer use by nearly 100% while improving the health and biodiversity of the soil.
“Village Greens is committed to a quality golfing experience that involves environmental responsibility and sustainability. With Justin’s help, we have a system in place to turn our trash into a free, organic fertilizer for our course and a staff dedicated to implementing that system for the benefit our employees, clientele, and the wildlife throughout our property,” said Brandon Evans, Golf Manager of Village Greens.
Justin’s worm bin currently houses approximately between 10,000 and 15,000 Eisenia fetida (red wiggler) composting worms which process between 40 and 80 pounds of trash per week. In addition to food waste, the worms are also processing shredded newspapers, cardboard boxes, and fallen leaves that were once destined for a landfill.