Black Soldier Flies Helping to Fight the War on Waste

Far from being considered as a nuisance or pest these flies and their larvae are proving to be very helpful in turning waste into food. They are essential to helping breaking down organic substrates and recycling nutrients back into the ground. The larvae make excellent animal feed due to the nutritious protein they contain. It is no wonder these amazing recyclers are used for composting household waste.

An Unusual Diet for the Kenyan Black Soldier Fly

About one million Kenyans live in areas called informal settlements in Nairobi. Sanitation is of course a serious challenge but with the creation of toilets that do not require water but use sawdust instead the problem of waste is alleviated. The waste from these toilets is beginning to be recycled. There are 25 tonnes of waste that is removed from these settlements per week. It is cleaned and recycled into organic fertiliser for the farmers. The Black Soldier fly’s larvae are fed on the cleaned waste which in turn helps the larvae become nutritious food for cattle.

Winning our own War on Waste

Gaining knowledge and inspiration from other parts of the world helps to inspire us to do our best when it comes to trying to reduce our household waste on a daily basis. We may not have our own army of waste chomping black soldier flies but we do have our own waste reducing weapons such as food waste digesters like the Green Johanna and Green Cone. We can also encourage the whole family, including young children, to be a household waste reducing soldier.

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