Pōpopo wormporium

Pōpopo - our on campus worm farm and composting station - turns the idea of 'waste' on its head. We are transforming the problem of organic waste into an opportunity for ecological restoration, food production, and hands-on education in sustainable practice.

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What is Pōpopo?

Pōpopo is a community wide sustainability initiative, being built by our whole OP community; students, staff and friendly neighbours alike. It's where OP's organic waste goes, you'll find a range of composting methods here, like hot compost and bokashi. It's also where our little critters like to live - a home for our worms.

Pōpopo is also where you'll find our annual Wormporium Waste Audit - good waste data is the best way we can track our progress on key sustainability goals of waste minimisation.

For more information on anything and everything Pōpopo, get in touch.

What can Pōpopo offer?

  • Collaborations! Designers, researchers, volunteers
  • Anyone interested in sustainability and regenerative practice
  • Student engagement: Collaborators and learners
  • Public engagement: Workshops and volunteers

Pōpopo's goals

  • Develop a facility capable of processing all organic materials produced by Otago Polytechnic
  • Develop a thriving model of a community composting site.
  • Offer hands-on learning experiences for our community to learn what regenerative waste management looks like in their home, work or other contexts
  • Students and staff across OP get to apply their work and learning to Pōpopo
  • Transform "waste" materials into a resource. Our waste feeds soils, animals, plants, and people.
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Living campus garden

Our living campus is here to care for our earth, our ecosystem and our people. Free for all the community to take home, these gardens are a go-to spot for fresh fruit, veggies, and herbs.

Contact us

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