After witnessing devastating soil degradation, Yarra Valley Farms founder Bill Kollatos, started enrich360 to create compost and fertiliser from restaurants and catering food waste.
Enrich360 uses technology from South Korea – which has banned food waste in landfill – to macerate, heat and dehydrate food scraps. Odours are removed, and volumes reduced by up to 93 per cent – so a restaurant producing 200 kilograms of food waste each week can reduce it to between 15kg and 20kg. The resulting powder is sterile and pathogen free, rich in nutrients and nitrogen, with the consistency of coffee grounds.
“It smells like fruitcake or Christmas pudding and doesn’t attract vermin,” says enrich360 CEO, Dean Turner.
“The resulting fertiliser is one of the best ways to enrich degraded Australian soils and retain moisture,” he says.