For optimal food recycling and worm casting production we must create the correct worm environment. Worms do their best work in nature. Red Wigglers thrive in a nature in a manure pile.
Therefore, our goal should be to closely replicate nature. A bin full of shredded newspaper with some table scraps does not mimic nature. Yes, worms may "survive" in there but they will not thrive, they will SLOWLY break down the contents and they will likely not breed. It could take many months in poor conditions for worms to adapt. This is why I recommend a special
worm starter bedding
when you first start your wormbin. (if you buy a worm starter bag from me, you do not have to worry about bedding at all, it is all included in the starter bag)
Yes, bedding materials are important but you must also pay attention to moisture, temperature and feed. This is better explained in my article
"The 3 rights of Worm Composting "
Worm Composting can be tricky but not difficult. It is a lot of trial and error. Let me know if you have any questions.