recycling food waste

Earth Probiotic uses the power of probiotic bacteria - bokashi - to assist companies, households and communities recycle their food waste back into soil food through composting.

This all natural, non toxic and 100% biodegradable solution allows all food waste to be composted. Food waste nutrients benefit soil thus improving soil health and improving plant and vegetable health.

Nationally this eco-friendly solution helps divert food waste from landfill while increasing dry recyclable volumes.

gavin and karen heron founders of earth probiotic

Earth Probiotic is owned and managed by Karen and Gavin Heron (based in Johannesburg).

Gavin worked in advertising in London, Hong Kong and Shanghai until 2010. Karen ran her own export business out of Shanghai until returning to South Africa in 2009.

Earth Probiotic utilises bokashi - Japanese for "organic fermented matter" - to enable the easy and quick recycling of food waste into soil food.

Food waste | Diversion | CO2

Since 2012 Earth Probiotic customers (commercial and domestic) have diverted 1,053,935 kg from landfill saving 448,655kg of CO2e emissions (calculated using DEFRA UK calculations of 335kg/tonne CO2e which would have been produced in a landfill).

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When wet-waste is separated from other waste, dry recyclable volumes increase by over 30%. Through this simple action, not only are you turning food-waste into a resource you are also reducing the volume of other material going to landfill.
  • Reduce landfill loads.
  • Reduce CO2e greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Build soil health.
  • Enhance plant growth in gardening and agricultural use.
  • Eliminate malodour in kitchens and the environment.
  • Help control fly, roach and rodent infestions.
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Bokashi is a carrier inoculated with a mix of probiotic bacteria, yeast and fungi.

Developed in the 1980s in Japan bokashi is now globally used for the management of food waste. There are many recipes for bokashi - just google "how to make bokashi" - but in general you need a carrier (bran), molasses, water and the mix of EM (effective micro-organisms).

Bokashi is safe, natural and 100% biodegradable. Bokashi breaks down food waste through a fermentation process.


The fermentation of food waste is crucial to the process.
Not only does this stop rotting (and thus smells) it also pre-digests the food waste so that it can be quickly and easily composted or trenched. As the food waste does not rot no CO2e emissions are released.

The fermentation process also releases amino acids thus enabling faster uptake of nutrients by plants.

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