WHAT: UMass Lowell's Center for Family, Work and Community will present year-end results of the "Lowell Community Partnership for a Food Waste Composting Enterprise" - which uses worms to recycle food waste - and announce plans to launch a local business venture.
WHERE: Wannalancit Mill, First Floor Conference Room
600 Suffolk St., Lowell
WHY: The vermicomposting pilot project, housed at the University and cosponsored by the Chelsea Center for Recycling and Economic Development and City Soil and Greenhouse Co., is preparing to grow into an off-site commercial venture, while also retaining an on-campus location for educational purposes.
The project has been using food waste from local restaurants, with plans to include the University's refuse, and more than 10,000 worms to create the natural fertilizer.
Gina McCarthy, assistant secretary of the state Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, which is providing funding for the project, is expected to attend Thursday's presentation, which will include demonstrations of the organic composting process.
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