Empirical research has shown that on-site composting has two key financial benefits for canteen operators:

  • Reduce food costs by 4% through (a) direct measurement of waste volumes, (b) visibility of waste type leads to menu and purchasing optimisation.
  • Reduce consumable costs by 11.8%.
Research conducted by Champions 123 found that initiatives to reduce food waste in the food service industry generated an ROI of greater than 14:1 (depending on the specific sector).

On-site Food Waste Composting Benefits for Business

Managing Costs

Waste cost inflation is anything from 15% to upwards of 30% per annum depending on your waste provider and where you are. Managing your organic waste yourself gives you direct control of your costs, gives you visibility of your waste volumes allowing you to reduce (and save money), while reducing collection frequencies (due to no on-site rotting).

Regulatory Compliance

Most landfills in South Africa have closed or are nearing closure. Municipalities are thus pushing to reduce waste going to landfill by encouraging recycling of both in-organic and organic waste. Johannesburg and Cape Town have set clear objectives of reducing organic waste to landfill by 50% by 2022. We can thus see stringent regulations with financial penalties coming in to reduce waste volumes going to landfill.

Risk Management

What happens when your organic waste is not collected? Perhaps due to a labour strike, protests blocking the road or even COVID-19? The organic waste rots and smells and can become a disease vector that threatens the health of your employees. Taking control of your organic waste eliminates these risks.

Brand Protection

In an age of social media where one 'influencer' can seriously enhance (or damage) your brand, it's good to be on-trend in terms of the environment.

Environmental Health

Composting food waste can reduce CO2e emissions by 617kg/tonne while also, by recycling nutrients, enhancing the health of your landscape soil (which in turn reduces CO2e emissions).

Reporting & Management

On-site waste management gives you a clear view of your waste volumes, enabling easy and clear reporting of waste volumes which can contribute to reduction interventions.

Earth Bokashi commercial food waste recycling bins

Bokashi composting is great for small commercial kitchens and canteens generating volumes up to 1,500kg per month.
Available in 50L or 100L bins the bokashi fermentation keeps your kitchen clean, vermin and odour free.

  • Food waste ferments and does not rot.
  • Closed system so no fly or vermin infestations.
  • If a collection service is required, costs can be reduced by reducing upliftment frequency (no rotting so no smells).

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Calculate your Earth Bokashi solution requirement?

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kg Earth Bokashi Required per Month
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Earth Cycler In-Vessel Composting Machine

  • The Earth Cycler easily handles up to 5,000kg of food waste per month (including carbon component (wood chips, saw dust, waste cardboard/paper).
  • This is a flow through system with a very small footprint (fits into a car parking space).
  • Energy consumption is very low at 34kWh per month.
  • The Earth Cycler measures inputs and output weights as well as compost temperature.
  • All functions are controlled through a touch pad on the composter or via a mobile phone.
  • A data link enables the Earth Cycler to be remotely managed and receive over-the-air software updates as well as feed data to online dashboards.

  • Earth Cycler - data connectivity.
  • Earth Cycler - Discovery (Sandton, Johannesburg)
  • Earth Cycler - loading hatch

Earth Cycler's have been installed at Discovery, Standard Bank Insurance Brokers, FNB Call Centre, Kusile Power Station (by Tsebo), and Philip Morris International. A brochure is available here.