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Thursday, 04 June 2009 11:32

Jeffries' the compost, soil and mulch experts have introduced the innovative Commercial Food Organics Recycling Service.

The service was officially launched by The Minister for Environment and Conservation, the Hon. Jay Weatherill, in November 2008. Since that time the service has grown rapidly, with more than 150 sites across Metropolitan Adelaide now participating, including supermarkets, hotels and restaurants.

The service collects and recycles the food organics of participating sites across Metropolitan Adelaide and turns it into valuable compost, soil and mulch products, diverting it from landfill and reducing harmful greenhouse gases.

These compost, soil and mulch products are utilised by home gardeners, landscapers and horticultural farmers, including vineyards, to improve their soils. The compost, soil and mulch products add nutrients and valuable carbon along with increasing the soils ability to retain water which significantly reduces water use.

"Recycling food organics, improving our soils and in turn the quality of our food... what a wonderful sustainable closed loop recycling outcome for South Australia." says Lachlan Jeffries, Managing Director, Jeffries.

Anything that once was living or was made from something once living can be recycled including meats, flowers, fruit, vegetables, tea, coffee, and dairy products. Contamination from plastics, string, polystyrene, shrink wrap and any other non organic materials must be prevented to ensure clean recycling.


Food Organics Recycling facts

  • Recycling one tonne of food organics per week through composting is equivalent to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 27 metric tonnes of CO2 per year
  • Recycling 10 tonnes of food organics per week is equivalent to taking 60 cars off the road
  • Recycling 10 tonnes of food organics per week is equivalent to planting 400 trees


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