TopyraQ (Organic Waste Composting)

Nazarbayev University
The idea of the project is to recycle the food waste generated on the campus and obtain fertilizers for plants. By incorporating vermicomposting into the TopyraQ project, the team aims to demonstrate the efficacy of this method in converting organic waste on the campus into valuable compost. They also plan to develop specialized vermicomposting containers that make the process accessible and convenient for residents, while the produced vermicompost will be utilized locally, benefiting gardeners and greenhouse owners in the area.
Current Project Status:
After procuring all the necessary supplies for the project, the team began vermicomposting in the laboratory. Two types of earthworms, Eisenia foetida and Lumbricus rubellus, were used for composting. The latter proved to be more effective in composting and started reproducing actively.
The team members regularly monitored the condition of the worms and soil. Initially, the students collected their own food waste to feed the worms. Local staff members who had prior experience in vermicomposting showed interest in the project. Therefore, the team decided to collaborate with campus residents and provide them with materials and advice on vermicomposting.
Upon the request of the residents, the team is working on a prototype of special vermicomposting containers (shown in the figure below). Such containers are used in countries like Australia and the USA and are convenient for household use. Currently, the team is working on the design of the vermicomposting prototype and creating a brand on social media. The container will include a food waste shredder, a special container with earthworms and soil, and a reservoir for storing the liquid produced through vermicomposting. These containers will be sold to University dormitory residents, and the produced vermicompost will be sold to local gardeners and greenhouse owners.

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