Zero to Landfill was started in 2008 with a focus on recycling organic waste, in particular food waste, from hotels, restaurants and businesses in Cape Town. We looked at many international systems and conducted our own on-site composting test at the Breakwater Hotel at the Waterfront in Cape Town. We soon learnt that to make quality compost we needed to implement source separation of food waste in the kitchens where the waste was being created. Through training programmes for kitchen and cleaning staff and dedicated food waste bins for collecting and transporting food waste we were able to get a clean, organic waste stream for composting. In 2009 we began composting food waste from the Spur Head Office in Century City using layered aerobic compost piles located at Soil for Life in Constantia. As our client based grew and more companies bought into the concept of composting organic waste we moved to new premises in Philippi. We now compost over 40 tons of food and garden waste per month from companies that are determined to reach over 90% recycling. Our clients include Nedbank, BOE and Woolworths who compost food waste generated in their cafeterias and pause areas. Another of our clients, The Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel, has reached over 92% waste recycling and in 2011 won the Imvelo Award for Waste Management. In 2010 we added garden refuse, sawdust and grease trap fat to the wastes we compost and at the beginning of 2011 we mechanised our operation to cope with higher volumes of organic waste.

Looking forward our aim is to increase our composting volumes greatly and change our open, aerobic composting system to a closed In-vessel system. In-vessel composting is a faster and more environmentally friendly way of composting waste and we have invested in the Ag-bag In-vessel composting system. This system is used at over 100 sites around the world to compost wet waste or waste that can potentially harm the environment and is recognised by the European Union for processing animal waste.

Our Compost

Most commercially available composts are made using animal manure, garden waste and wood chip. Zero to Landfill Organics food and garden waste compost is unique in that it contains high levels of nutrients which are broken down and stabilised during the composting process. Egg shells, seafood shells and bones supply high levels of calcium, meat and fruit waste provides high levels of Nitrogen and Potassium, coffee grounds are rich in Nitrogen and leaves and garden waste provide the carbon. Using food waste as an ingredient in our compost also saves water. The high moisture content of food waste makes it possible to compost dry material without using thousands of litres of precious water. Soil is mixed in to our compost to help to stabilise the nutrients and to make a rich potting mix that can be used in new beds and as a lawn dressing.



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