Since 2005, Santropol Roulant has been practicing different forms of composting in an effort to manage kitchen waste and produce rich plant fertilizer. In 2014 the project was taken over by a group of volunteers: the Composting Collective!

Vermicomposting at the Roulant

The Food Cycle

The compost collective is currently focused on vermicomposting waste from our kitchen and in doing so our building becomes a microcosm of the food cycle: Growing vegetables, herbs and edible flowers on the roof, cooking for the meals-on-wheels in the kitchen, composting the kitchen scraps in the basement and then back up to the roof for fertilization.

Why Vermicompost

Worms are a great way to process food waste in the city, they don’t take up too much space, they don’t smell, and they work for scraps of food. To boot, their waste is really nutritious for plants. The compost collective is currently working on perfecting our technique and hopes to run workshops and supply worms for other compost enthusiasts soon.

Get involved

Want to learn more about composting and help care for the worms? Send us an email!

Comments 6

  1. Ashtrid

    Hello I am interested in Vermicomposting and have done extensive reading on the topic. I would like to know where I can get worms to start my home bin.

  2. Sarah

    I am interested in learning about vermicomposting (especially in winter…my compost bin is totally frozen!) and would like to know how I can get some worms.

  3. Sheena

    The hyperlinked email address only works with outlook. Can you please post the contact information in a visible way?

    1. Brooke van Mossel-Forrester

      Hi Sheena, Thanks for this comment. We will have to consider how to best display email addresses, as we do it in this way across our whole website! If you want, you can always right-click on the link and copy the email address. But to be sure, the email to write to is

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