SOILCO has been a circular economy pioneer since it began as a small family business in 1974.
This infographic shows the SOILCO Regeneration Process using in-vessel composting technologies:
- Households sort food in caddies and green bins
- Collection of food and garden organics (FOGO) from households
- Arrive, weigh and unload
- Decontamination (sorting)
- Size reduction (shredding) and particle sizing (screening)
- Aeration tunnel filled and air supplied from underneath, water added as required
- Automated process visualisation and control from computers
- Compost screened and sold
- Regenerate soil for dynamic growth
- Fruits and vegetables are grown and purchased in a virtuous cycle
Collection trucks pick up FOGO waste from the kerb and bring it to SOILCO’s organics processing facility.
When it arrives, it’s unloaded and sorted manually on a conveyor belt in a sorting cabin. People manually remove plastic and inert materials from the contents.
The organic materials are then shredded and screened to create uniform particle sizes and a homogenous product ready for composting.
The composting process takes 8 to 12 weeks before it becomes finished soil health products in the form of carbon-rich mulch and compost.