Supermarket & Mall Food Waste Challenges

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 rotting organic waste rots and smells and can become a disease vector and threaten the health of your employees. Taking control of your organic waste eliminates these risks.

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.

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).

Earth Cycler In-Vessel Composting Machine


  • Earth Probiotic currently offers two Earth Ccylers: a 5T and a 10t. Each of these will process up to 5 tonnes and 10 tonnes of food waste PLUS an addition of high carbon bulking material (wood chips, saw dust, waste cardboard/compostable paper).
  • This is a flow through system with a very small footprint (fits into a car parking space).
  • Energy consumption is very low at a maximum of 34kWh per month and both can be solar driven.
  • The Earth Cycler measures inputs and output weights as well as compost temperature.
  • All functions are controlled through a HMI and can be managed by a VNC connection on mobile phone.
  • The 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.


5T Earth Cycler’s have been installed in Johannesburg at FNB, Standard Bank, Discovery, Dainfern Square, Northgate Mall, Pepsico (Isando). In Durban at Pepsico (Prospecton) and in Cape Town (Pepsico). There is a unit running at the Kusile Power Station in Mpumalanga (Kusile Power Station).

10T Earth Cyclers are operating at Menlyn Mall and Cradeltone Mall in Gauteng.

A brochure is available here.