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Waste to Food

Waste to Food

Waste to Food recycles food waste into high quality organic products. Commercial food waste is processed using industrial composting technology, the partially stabilised organics are then converted into high-quality earthworm compost. The earthworm composting component is operated under a franchise model. By offering an alternative to landfill disposal, Waste to Food decreases carbon emissions, builds soil fertility and structure, reduces chemical fertiliser and plant pest & disease control inputs, and increases income generation for local communities.

The enterprise generates revenue by recycling food waste and processing it into compost with commercial value. Food waste is collected from retailers and then pre-composted using HotRot in-vessel technology that eliminates pathogens and weeds.

The pre-compost is later converted to high quality compost product using the Worm Hammock earthworm composting system. Earthworm compost can be used as a soil amendment, organic fertiliser and plant pest & disease control.

Combining both composting technologies yields a better quality end product. Microfranchises produce the vermicompost, which is sold to commercial compost producers - who will blend it into a range of growing media - and other clients.

The enterprise’s micro franchise model provides entrepreneurial and economic opportunities for disadvantaged locals. By supporting community gardens and implementing its own organic farming initiatives, the enterprise improves food security for local communities.

  •  Secure the purchase a HotRot 1811 in-vessel composting system and 20 more Worm Hammock unitss. An expanded processing system can process a wider range of food waste, whereas currently only vegetable and fruit waste can be composted.
  • Expand distribution of vermicompost to intensive agriculture, floriculture industries, the horticulture trade and retail outlets.
  • Construct a greenhouse and seedling germination house to support the food growing element of the enterprise. W2F currently maintains a demonstration garden at its production site. Growing food, and distributing it to retailers, will provide additional revenue. The farming plots will be operated as micro-franchises.
  • Secure a second HotRot 1811 unit and 30 more Worm Hammocks to increase output and improve financial returns.
  • Expand the business further and replicate elsewhere.

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