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Funny mix of 5 star hotel and earthworms in Cape Town

06-06-2012 11:08 BJT

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Nowadays, more and more countries are aiming for eco-friendly sustainable projects. CCTV's Travers Andrews reports now on one such project in Cape Town that has turned to Mother Nature in a rather unusual way.

One of Cape Town's most exclusive hotels, the Mount Nelson, has embarked on a sustainability project, of a rather unusual kind. As guests indulge in the luxurious 5 star service provided, visitors of a rather different kind get the finishing touches, prepared to their meals, something which could have lasting effects on Mother Nature.

In a first of its kind on the continent, the hotel has embarked on a rather novel way, of disposing the large amounts of organic waste left by guests by setting up an organic waste recycling program, using earth worms.

One of Cape Town's most exclusive hotels, the Mount Nelson, has embarked on
a sustainability project, of a rather unusual kind. As guests indulge in the
luxurious 5 star service provided, visitors of a rather different kind get
the finishing touches, prepared to their meals, something which could have
lasting effects on Mother Nature.

Mary Murphy, Co-founder of Mount Nelson Hotel Worm Farm, said, "This is a very exciting project because it's the first hotel in Africa to actually implement earthworms, to bring earthworms into the system to manage organic waste, it hasn't been done before and it's unique and I applaud the Mount Nelson hotel and their courage because when you think of earthworms and a 5 star hotel, you know it's a funny mix."

Using a stacking tray system, akin to a miniature worm hotel, the sericulture farm disposes at least 20% of the hotels organic waste and in turn, produces an enriched vermi-compost, used in the irrigation of the hotels herb gardens.

One of Cape Town's most exclusive hotels, the Mount Nelson, has
embarked on a sustainability project, of a rather unusual kind.
As guests indulge in the luxurious 5 star service provided,
visitors of a rather different kind get the finishing touches,
prepared to their meals, something which could have lasting
effects on Mother Nature.

An estimated 800 000 earthworms are fed a variety organic waste, left over by guests, often after a dinner course or high tea.

Rudi Liebenberg, Executive Chief, Mount Nelson Hotel, said, "It's any peelings, any vegetable and some fruit which we give to the worm farm and we just exclude onion and a little garlic, we leave out pineapples as well but anything else basically, we throw into the worm farm."

With waste filling up Cape Town's landfills by the truck load, the innovative Mount Nelson worm farm has become a popular eco-attraction, especially amongst some of the hotels rather curious guests.

Mary Murphy, Co-founder, Mount Nelson Hotel Worm Farm, said, "So we get many guests coming to visit the worm farm, from all walks of life and from all nationalities, really exciting and I think when they first come in they a wee bit surprised, they surprised because it's odorless, there's no flies, there's no pests and it's really nice to be here and obviously people associate waste generally with smells and they just want to run away from it, not this worm farm, this is a little hotel, within a hotel, hats used to manage waste."

As the worms, indulge in a tasty morsel or two, the significance of the recycling program becomes clear that hotel's worm farm is an innovative way of drawing attention to unsustainable discarding of organic waste.

As the first of its kind in Africa, the Mount Nelson hotels worm farm brings much more than an ecological message of sustainability to an elite few but sends out a strong conservational message of waste reduction awareness, to the entire continent.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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