After a few months of not adding substantial amounts of material to my Worm Inn (I slow down the feeding to my worms in the warmer months), I decided to take it outside and poke around in the castings.
There was a good six inches of beautiful, crumbly castings…great stuff!
However, there was also several pieces of plastic film…huh?
Then I remembered, a few months ago I placed some waxed paper, an ice cream carton, and a chinese food container (without the metal handle)…and that’s what’s left! I don’t recommend adding this kind of stuff to a worm composting system, but my curiosity got the better of me.
What’s sad is that a large portion of single use paper products have plastic liners embedded in them to keep the contents from leaking out all over the place. I can’t imagine that plastic liners are a favorite of worms…so I think going forward I’m going to keep all paper products other than cardboard and (dull) shredded paper out of the system.
Recognize the item in the lower left? Yep, that’s a tea bag.
It looks like the worms ate the contents, but the bag must be synthetic. There’s definitely some fully compostable tea bags out there…look for those. I guess the string isn’t appealing, either! Good thing I took the staple out.