How to keep organic waste out of the landfill and put to good use

BiobiN is the new waste management system in South Africa that brings an easy solution for diverting food and organic waste away from landfill sites by composting. BiobiN has been carefully designed to reduce odours, flies and rodents. ‘By having a BiobiN on your premises, not only are you able to produce high quality compost, you also support a solution that seeks to alleviate the pressure on landfill sites due to the biodegradation of organic waste,’ says Brian Küsel of BiobiN  South Africa.

Biobin waste management system
BiobiN is the new waste management system in South Africa

Biobin high quality compost
BiobiN is a capture and containment vessel used for food and organic material, where it starts the process to produce high grade compost

High grade compost

BiobiN is a capture and containment vessel used for food and organic material, where it starts the process to produce high grade compost. The importance of compost cannot be underestimated as it adds carbon to the soil resulting in reduced water usage and improved yields, which is vital in a country with limited water supply.

The unit has been designed with on-site waste management in mind and seeks to provide an easy and innovative solution for businesses and operations like corporate offices, food outlets, supermarkets, hotels, chicken producers and any operation or business that produces a lot of food and organic waste and is looking to reduce their waste footprint.

‘There is a growing need for an organic waste solution such as BiobiN. “Food and organic waste in landfill sites rapidly breaks down to produce methane, an atmospheric pollutant that is 22 times more potent than carbon dioxide,’ says Küsel. The team at BiobiN have recognised that organic waste should be seen as a resource, that when captured and processed correctly, will eventually produce a high quality soil conditioning product.

Ban on organic waste to landfill

To add to the growing need to divert organic waste from landfill, in 2019 the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs (WC DEA) recently announced a 100 per cent ban on organic waste to landfill by 2027, with a half-way target of 50 per cent by 2022. Earlier in the year, National Treasury implemented SA’s first carbon tax bill, imposing a carbon tax for carbon emitting activities.

‘With a growing pressure from government, the corporate landscape needs to quickly adapt their waste management practices,’ says Küsel. ‘This is also a great opportunity for corporates to show their commitment to reducing their contribution to global warming. A well implemented recycling system along with a BiobiN on the premises is a direct display of a well thought out corporate social and environmental responsibility initiative.’

Having successfully been launched and piloted in Australia 20 years ago, and widely adopted as a green alternative waste disposal solution around the world, BiobiN  is now available in South Africa. BiobiN operates on a rental model, which includes trained operating agents on site, management of the unit, waste reporting and maintenance.

The BiobiN  team, with a Biobin, will be at the Landfill 2019 Conference & Exhibition to be held at The River Club in the Western Cape, on the  6 and 7 November 2019, where all the food waste from the conference will be put into the BiobiN.