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Geneva transfer station could employ waste-eating worms

There could be thousands of new workers at the city’s transfer station on Doran Avenue in the future.

But they won’t be people — they’ll be worms.

The city is working with Seneca-based Organix Green Industries to create a vermiculture center at the transfer station.

Organix operates a vermiculture center on County Road 4 in Seneca.

Vermiculture is the use of worms to process organic material.

“The idea is to divert food waste from the landfill,” City Manager Matt Horn said on Monday. “Organic material is responsible for a lot of the odor issues associated with landfills. The worms in the process work through the food waste and generate a high quality soil amendment (fertilizer) for agriculture.”

The goal, said Horn, is to “re-work our current transfer station to set up trenches for vermiculture.”

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