Faculty Advisor

Bulled, Nicola

Faculty Advisor

Hersh, Robert


Given the exponential rise in food waste, the European Union has issued directives to address the harmful environmental effects. With a focus on the Pylaia-Chortiatis municipality in northern Greece, we developed a public-private business model to effectively treat collected food waste. The municipality has evaluated resident interests and drafted a proposal for a food waste collection program, although nothing has yet been implemented. Informed by an analysis of the pertinent literature and interviews with waste management company representatives, both locally and globally, the scalable business model indicates that vermicomposting, a composting method utilizing worms, offers an efficient and lucrative approach to assist municipalities in complying with environmental legislation.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs