The circular economy is a regenerative system where emissions are minimised and renewable energy is maximised.
We believe organics belong in soil, not in landfill. Organic materials sent to landfill generate methane – a greenhouse gas estimated to be approximately 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Diverting organics away from landfills for composting is a solution to this problem.
A truck filled with 25 tonnes of Food and Garden Organic (FOGO) waste could circumnavigate Australia before it emits the same amount of greenhouse gases as that same truckload put into a standard landfill with gas capture. If the landfill had no gas capture, you could drive that truck from Sydney to Perth and back 5 times before you generated the same emissions! (MRA Consulting).
The total estimated greenhouse gas savings from Australia’s organics recycling industry in 2018-19 was 3.8 million tonnes of CO2-e annually. This is equivalent to planting 5.7 million trees a year or taking 876,663 cars off the road annually (Australian Organics Recycling Association).
SOILCO maximises the use of renewable energy at our facilities wherever possible. Solar panels installed at our Tweed Organics Processing Facility will provide approximately 25% of our site’s energy requirements. We link our systems to the best possible environmental outcomes.
Closing the loop by recycling organic waste has great environmental outcomes.
Putting organic matter into landfill is the reverse to composting. The organic matter is pressed into the landfill and then sealed off, cutting the oxygen supply. The organic matter breaks down anaerobically, releasing harmful greenhouse gases that can escape into the atmosphere and contribute to climate change. Over time nutrients leach out, polluting waterways and harming aquatic life. The best value – and the highest value – for organic matter is returning it to the soil in an urban or agricultural environment.