Kembla Grange, 16th November 2023
SOILCO Pty Ltd (SOILCO) is delighted to announce the official opening of its Kembla Grange Compost Manufacturing Facility (CMF) and to launch its new brand as the Life-Giving Soil Company.
This momentous occasion for SOILCO coincided with National Recycling Week, which aims to promote and raise awareness of the environmental benefits of recycling and waste reduction.
SOILCO has proudly serviced the Illawarra region for more than 20 years. The $15M investment at the CMF has delivered a transformational change in SOILCO’s service offerings, making it possible to receive, sort, screen and process an additional 40,000 tonnes of locally generated Food and Garden Organics (FOGO) into life-giving soil products. All materials are received indoors at the CMF for pre-processing before being placed into large in-vessel composting (IVC) tunnels. Organic waste is aerobically composted in the tunnels, which are controlled and automated to maintain optimum temperature and moisture conditions. The compost can then be screened and manufactured into different products that are used on sports fields, parks, and of course, in home veggie gardens.
The CMF not only signifies a remarkable expansion in SOILCO’s capabilities but also serves as a testament to SOILCO’s dedication to the local community and the environment. Managing Director of SOILCO Charlie Emery, said. “By investing in our own backyard, we have not only bolstered our existing transfer station but have also created more local jobs, supported local businesses, and significantly reduced our greenhouse gas emissions”.
The Kembla Grange CMF is a reflection of SOILCO’s commitment to creating a greener, more sustainable future for the Illawarra region.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community, Wollongong City Council, our technology partners, key stakeholders and of course our employees, who have all made this milestone a reality. We will continue to serve the local region by recycling organic waste into products that enrich our soils and our communities.”