Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Poo at the Zoo and You

In the past five years, Auckland Zoo has successfully reduced waste to landfill by two-thirds from 15 tonnes a month to five tonnes, and that five tonnes is further squashed in a compacting machine to reduce the amount of room it takes in the landfill.
The Zoo has also commissioned a large Tag-G Digester worm farm which will take organic waste from the Zoo's cafes and further reduce the amount of waste going out the gate.
The worm farm can hold five tonnes of organic waste, says Auckland Zoo Educator, Cassandra Knight. The waste education programme at the Zoo is called "Poo at the Zoo and You" and teaches students about how the Zoo deals with waste from the animals and from the public.