The above infographic by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation shows the 3 principles of the circular economy
SOILCO has been a circular economy pioneer since it began as a small family business in 1974.
The circular economy is regenerative and restorative. It designs out waste and pollution, keeps resources circulating at their highest value, and regenerates natural systems.
In a bio-circular model, everything extracted from the earth returns to the earth in a virtuous cycle.
In the living world, there are no landfills. Instead, materials flow in continuous cycles. Our current linear approach of ‘take, make, dispose’ breaks this natural cycle and produces toxic waste and pollution. We need to redesign the system as it was in nature, before we sent organic waste to landfills.
An increasing number of local councils and businesses around Australia are offering food and garden organics (FOGO) recycling collection services. This enables valuable organic resources to be composted and returned to the earth to regenerate soil for dynamic growth.
Creating demand for compost end products is critical to closing the loop. SOILCO’s end markets are mainly in urban amenity. By transforming organic waste into high-value compost, businesses can save money and provide an environmental benefit. Our distributor network services retail and trade customers and we also supply a mix of landscaping, civil and local government. Projects our customers are involved in include infrastructure, subdivisions, land rehabilitation, council parks, sports fields and green spaces.
The circular economy creates meaningful economic and environmental outcomes.
Returning valuable organic resources to soil also has economic outcomes as well environmental outcomes. The New South Wales Government offers businesses financial incentives to divert organic waste away from landfills. To help meet the state’s waste reduction targets, the State Government imposed a waste levy to metropolitan areas including Sydney and the Illawarra and regional areas including the North Coast and the Hunter region. Composting facilities are exempt from this solid waste to landfill levy.
So by sending organic waste to a composting facility instead of to a landfill, there are significant cost savings for businesses. Residents in local government areas around Australia also benefit from councils diverting organic waste away from landfills for composting. Savings from diverting waste away from landfills are passed on to rate payers who also benefit from a reduction in leachates and greenhouse gas emissions and a boost to local soil health.