Waiheke local Baz Caitcheon of Bazzacam recently visited The Compost Co.’s site at Te Motu to see the team in action! Have a look at the fantastic video that he created, and hear from Prashanti and Kayleigh about how compostables and food scraps are being processed. The Compost Co. collects back-of-house food scraps and […]
The Compost Co.
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What is The Compost Co.?
The Compost Co. is a local initiative managed by the Waiheke Resource Trust. The project offers a food waste collection service to local restaurants and community groups. The Compost Co. also collects and processes single use compostable packaging from coffee shops and zero waste events.
The project began in February 2018 and has grown into a sustainable business that can process over 20 tonnes of food waste a year. The Compost Co. is committed to reducing waste from landfill, and thus offer the only commercial compostable packaging service on the Island.
If you are a business on Waiheke that is currently looking for waste solutions, please get in touch!
Why is composting so important?
Nearly 50% of Waiheke's compostable waste is being sent to landfill, with commercial organic waste currently contributing the majority of this. Once compostable materials reach landfill, they don't turn into compost: instead, they rot down anaerobically.
This causes problems such as the release of methane gas and the filtration of liquid from the food scraps through the landfill, which then has to be collected and treated onsite to prevent contaminated leachate reaching and polluting our waterways. However, these issues can easily be minimised by making use of all food scraps and other organic material through composting.
Photo credit to Deb from Compost Collective
Composting is easy! It takes very little time to compost your food scraps.
Composting is cheap. Apart from the initial investment in a composting bin, there are virtually no additional costs to composting.
Compost is a great way of adding nutrients to your soil. It can help produce higher yields of fruit, vegetables, and flowers. It can loosen clay soils, help sandy soils retain water, and it can suppress plant diseases and pests. It is capable of all this without containing petroleum-based compounds that most commercial fertilisers do.
Composting does not produce nasty smells or attract pests. Only composting that is done incorrectly produces a nasty smell or attracts mice and other pests. To avoid these problems simply make sure to add enough browns to your compost and keep dairy products and meats out of your compost pile. These can be put into a Bokashi bin instead!
Composting puts biomass back into the soil rather than taking it away. Soils are vital in carbon sequestration and water retention, with approximately 20% of global carbon being stored in soil.
Composting reduces the methane gas emissions from compostables in landfill. Methane is 23 times more damaging in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, so reducing food scraps in landfill can help reduce the greenhouse effect and climate change.
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The work of The Compost Co. is currently diverting roughly 400 kg of food scraps and other compostable materials each a week!
How The Compost Co. works
- Twice a week there is a collection service that collects 120l air tight food waste wheelie bins, plus other bins full of compostable packaging
- All the compostable products are taken onsite to Te Motu Vineyard, our partner providing the land
- Packaging gets shredded, food gets fermented or put raw into NZbox compost bins and mixed with different carbon ("brown") materials
- The Hot compost is turned regularly while the Bokashi anaerobic compost stays cooler, allowing worms to populate and do their work
- The Hot compost is important for the breakdown of PLA and to kill any pathogens that may exist
- The Bokashi compost is important for maintaining Carbon mass and nutrient value throughout decomposition
For a short insight on how we compost, watch our video below!
The Compost Co. welcomes volunteers to get involved with our composting sessions. Volunteers can get involved by helping to sort the compostable material, mixing the organic materials into the compost bins, turning the compost and by cleaning and maintaining the site.
To book a volunteer day or for more information email email@example.com
Compost for sale at Waiheke Sustainability Centre
Made from food scraps and compostables from Waiheke Island
Keeping it local and turning waste into resource.
High nutrient density Bokashi compost
40L sack for $25
Compost Co. crushes oyster and mussel shell waste to make a landscaping product
20kg crushed shells for $10
Benefits of volunteering for The Compost Co.:
- Volunteering provides an opportunity for you to make a real difference in the community
- It's a great opportunity to learn about the process of Hot and Bokashi composting
- You are helping local businesses to reduce the amount of their waste going to landfill
- You are contributing to processing some super nutrient rich living compost
Join us as we reduce the organic waste that's going to landfill from Waiheke!
A big thank you to our sponsors:
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