AORA is excited to announce our Victoria industry winners!
On Wednesday 18 July the organics recycling industry celebrated industry achievements over the past year in the state of Victoria. The event was well attended by over 90 representatives from organics processors, to industry suppliers, state and local government organisations.
Speeches from Anthony Carbines MP, Parliamentary Secretary from Energy, Environment & Climate Change; and Stan Krpan CEO for Sustainability Victoria, highlighted how much support the government is putting into the organics industry and how much support they would like from the industry.
Peter Wadewitz, Chair of the Australian Organics Recycling Association said: “it is just wonderful to see such great companies performing so well and leading the way, at a time when food waste around Australia is such a hot topic.”
Winner of the 2018 Sustainability Victoria Outstanding Contribution to Industry Development Award is Melbourne Cricket Club – MCC
Melbourne Cricket Club creates organic fertiliser by the on-site treatment of organic waste. The Melbourne Cricket Ground has become the first sports venue in the world to close the circle on organics recycling – with waste produced at the MCG treated in-house and turned into a soil additive that is being used to sustain the heritage-listed Yarra Park which surrounds the stadium.
An Eco Guardians dehydrator at the MCG takes organic waste (largely food and turf materials) and sustainably processes them into a soil additive known as SoilFood™.
Award runners up: Van Schaik’s Bio Gro, Gibsons Groundspread
Winner of the 2018 Yarra Valley Water Outstanding Local Government Initiative in Collection/Processing/Marketing Award is Glen Eira City Council
Glen Eira City Council commenced FOGO – Food Organics into Garden Organics on 1 May 2018. The introduction of food scrap recycling was identified as a priority in Council’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2016-2021. To bring this service to residents sooner, Glen Eira changed organics processer to Veolia as they are the only contractor currently servicing the South East Organics Processing contract that is capable of processing food waste.
The campaign was soft launched in November 2017, further marketing in the lead up to 1 May introduction included flyers, Council website and social media updates, Glen Eira News and Leader newspaper ads, Councillor advocacy, Party in the Park March 2018, media releases, our Community Voice survey and Glen Eira e-newsletters monthly mail outs.
Council offered residents a free kitchen caddy as part of the program and commenced taking pre-orders in February 2018. At June 2018, around 7721 households have received their kitchen caddy, and they have received over 500 new orders for garden organics bins. Glen Eira continue to engage with the community through face to face pop up events, bin audits, an updated Waste Services Guide (sent to every household June 2018).
Award runners up: Yarra City Council, City of Wodonga, Benalla Rural City Council, Indigo Shire Council, Rural City of Wangaratta
Winner of the 2018 RMCG Compost User demonstrating Innovation and advocacy in Agricultural Markets Award is Kilter Rural.
Michael Neville has led the recovery of severely degraded farmland in the irrigation district in Northern Victoria. In restoring land to profitable production, Michael has used compost as a primary input. Kilter Rural’s vision is to profitably improve Australia’s farmland, water and ecosystems while delivering investors long-term, non-correlated, inflation protected returns.
Michael and his team have overcome traditional obstacles to using compost on broadacre such as distance and cost. He has taken an evidence-based approach to soil management which has seen land severely impacted by salt and compaction brought back into production by addressing the most important aspect of soil health – organic matter. Kilter has achieved organic certification of over 1000ha of land and aim to grow this aspect of their business going forward.
A range of community groups have been engaged including indigenous traineeships, Vietnam Veterans employment and sponsorships of local school and sporting clubs. Over 500 visitors tour the project each year.
Award runners up: Elmore Compost, Peninsula Avocados
Winner of the 2018 Compost User demonstrating innovation and advocacy in Amenity Market Award is Burdett’s Sand and Soil.
Andrew Burdett from Burdett’s Sand and Soil has been in business 40+ years. Using compost through his soils for at least 20 years expanding into pine barks and mulches 15 years ago, Burdett’s is known Victoria wide to be an avid compost user and a big supporter of all things recycled organics.
The use of compost and recycled organic material both in Burdett’s products and sold as a finished product has been pivotal in their success. To produce specialty soil mixes and everyday soils such as garden blend for the retail market, compost is a key ingredient to ensure that customer requirements are met. The fact that material is diverted from landfill is an added bonus.
Burdett’s will continue to support the recycling of green waste and will always support initiatives to divert waste streams away from landfill.
Award runner up: Soilworx
The Australian Organics Recycling Association Limited (AORA) is the national peak body representing organics processors and recyclers.
AORA works on behalf of its members to raise awareness of the benefits of recycling organic resources.
Our vision optimises the recycling and beneficial reuse of all surplus organics material.