Waste to Food
Providing alternative solutions to waste disposal with novel composting technologies
to pay for my kids’ education, food and rent, but I’m an entrepreneur! I’ve learned how to run a
business, how to make business decisions and I’ve learned about the environment.
BeneficiaryWaste to Food
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.
Waste to Food (Pty) Ltd provides operational capacity and hands-on management of the business, with the support of its other Partners.
The City of Cape Town has provided service infrastructure, and supported business mentoring and the development of the enterprise’s microfranchise model.
Pick n Pay Retailers has supported the establishment of Waste to Food's processing site at the Philippi Fresh Produce Market by supplying organic waste.
Closing the Loop CC is Waste to Food's technology partner.
Mhani Gingi assists with seedling production and support of community food gardens.
Flowfinders International provides business advice and mentoring.
The 2014 SEED Awards in South Africa are largely supported by the European Union, which is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies.
The 2014 SEED Awards in South Africa is supported by Hisense.