I keep a few hundred (thousand?) red worms in my basement to compost my kitchen waste.
I started out with a dixie-cup sized portion of worms and compost from a fellow Master Gardener about three years ago. I used a simple rubbermaid bin to house the worms, but then switched to a tray- type bin last year.
Once a week or so I *feed* the worms with the leftover greens and fruit from the bunnies, some coffee grounds, occasional egg shells, and shredded junk mail for bedding material. After a few weeks or months, the worms turn what you see in the above photo into beautiful, dark and fluffy compost (the photo at right is over-exposed). My houseplants thrive on this stuff! It just amazes me. No work on my part - other than a desire to *waste* less - no smell, no pests, no trouble at all - and free organic fertilizer for my garden!