No Dig Gardening

SCRAP conducts a number of environmental workshops for councils, schools, community gardens and others. Here participants utilise recycled plastic to build a (mock-up) no dig garden edging. Then we fill it with layers of cardboard (at the bottom), then compost, straw, worm casting, coir, more compost and finally mulch ready for planting. We can help you to do this type of garden at your home or workplace as well. Contact Peter 0400 982 516 for a free quote.

putting the garden together

putting the garden together

completing the garden surround

completing the garden surround

cardboard layering to suppress weeds

cardboard layering to suppress weeds

Kincumber PS KISSS using Recycled Sewerage Water

SCRAP is pleased to announce that we are nearing completion of another first –

at Kincumber PS on the NSW Central Coast we have installed KISSS (Kapillary Irrigation Sub-Surface System) into the school field using supply from Gosford Council’s recycling plant which converts sewerage water into recycled water. While recycled sewerage water has now been used for a number of years it will be the first time it has been used in such a way within a school.

SCRAPLog December 2010 – Scrap Tax

With the NSW state government moving towards a scrap tax for those of us who continue to send organics (especially food) to landfill we are moved to remind people of two solutions which could help solve this seemingly intractable problem while offering them free organic materials with which to grow some of their own food.

Worm farming and composting are the solutions and local, small scale action is best. Why? Because it means the materials are dealt with onsite at your home, school or workplace and the products (worm liquid, worm castings and compost itself) can be utilised immediately and constantly to fertilise your own foods.

SCRAP’s Lease

Effective from the 1st October, 2010 for a period of up to 10 years the Lease on the SCRAP Centre at Holsworthy HS has been signed off by our Chairman, Dave Bryant (Head Teacher TLSC Berkeley Vale) and Director, John Frew (Principal, Holsworthy HS).

Welcome to the July SCRAPLog

Welcome to the July SCRAPLog – our occasional contribution through the SCRAP Website to the environmental debate and to update our own activities.
This month (24th and 25th) look out for us at the Mudgee Field Days where we will share the Reln stand to promote worms, worm farming and composting for waste reduction. At the same time we have been completing works at Norman Lindsay Gallery in Springwood where an underground, concrete tank will provide 68,000 litres of water for toilet flushing, gardening and fire fighting. Currently, a drought-proofing of the playing field at Tharawal PS is in progress, featuring the KISSS (Kapillary Sub-Surface System) for irrigation which saves up to 70% of water compared to surface irrigation. Unfortunately most of the funding for these terrific water saving measures is (excuse the pun) drying up and SCRAP is struggling to keep our fantastic Enviroplumbers (Glyn Lewis-Jones, Lance Luxford and Roger Bamber) working on these vital projects.

SCRAPLog

This is the first article published as part of the SCRAPLog part of our website.

Our aim is to bring you up to date with SCRAP goings on and to comment occasionally on events in wider society, relevant to our overall brief of environmental education.

As noted on our Home Page, SCRAP has recently taken over S & J Worms and we are now busy caring for many thousands of worms and providing them around Australia to all manner of folk from the keenest worm farming students in schools, to green thumbed gardeners and fervent fishermen and women who use them as bait. While our real interest is in worm farming for waste reduction purposes and of course gardening, we will continue to supply all those who use worms.