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April 14, 2011

Re-branding the maggot (or, how to make composting more palatable)


Earlier this week City Council approved changes to residential waste collection.  The changes include bi-weekly garbage pick-up, intended to encourage green bin usage.  One of the big beefs with green bins last summer was the presence of maggots.

Maggots can be gross. (For example, never do a Google image search for maggots.  Never.)  But I think they get a bad rap.  As Diane Holmes pointed out, they are a great source of protein, at least for birds. They can also be used to heal wounds (known as "maggot therapy").  So, tonight on Twitter I asked readers for suggestions for a kinder, gentler, cuddlier, fuzzier, nicer name for maggots. Here are some of your suggestions:

  • Enviropillars (@yonifreedhoff) this is my fave
  • Disco Rice (@ottawamag)
  • Maggie Mays (@ottawall)
  • Fly Babies (@alistairsteele)
  • Bin Worms (@thinkhelen)
  • Compost Cuddlers (@ottawhine)
  • Meat Monkeys (@theodotblog)
  • Meat Buddies (@atomicnoggin)
  • Baby Flies (@forbeswalker)
  • Squirmy Wormies (@bitofmomsense)
  • Moopy Schmoopies (@murpharee)

Which ones are your favourites? Your suggestions are appreciated - please add them to the comments below.

P.S.: Does anybody have a good maggot recipe?

See also: Ottawa Green Guide

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:57 AM

    How about Tory Trolls? :)

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