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Strathmerton company in the running at Premier’s Sustainability Awards

By Rodney Woods

Strathmerton company Booth Transport has been announced as a finalist in the Environmental Protection category in this year's Premier's Sustainability Awards for its wastewater treatment plant that uses a workforce of worms.

“The project was completed out of necessity for the business — we needed a way to treat our wastewater,” Booth Transport project manager Brendan Edwards said.

“It is fantastic that Booth Transport are being recognised for solving a problem in such an interesting and environmentally friendly way.

“It’s quite a proud moment for the business.”

Booth Transport has commenced an Australian-first environmental protection project, using worms as the engine of its waste and water treatment plant, increasing efficiency in waste management and dramatically decreasing the company’s environmental impact.

After analysing similar projects around the world, the business' new technology combines a worm farm, where water is filtered for dairy proteins to be ingested by worms, and desalination.

“We are now using this system on a daily basis to treat approximately 200 kilolitres of water each day,” Mr Edwards said.

“The worms have been going really well and we are achieving well in excess of 90 per cent reduction in organics and nitrogen in the wastewater.”

The Premier’s Sustainability Awards are one of Victoria’s major sustainability programs, celebrating people working to reduce the impact of climate change and to create a better future for us all.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday, October 10 at Forum Melbourne.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will personally select the winners of the Premier's Regional Recognition Award and the Premier's Recognition Award, which will be presented at the awards ceremony.

For more information on the awards, finalists and to purchase tickets for the event, visit: www.sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au