How big a problem is food waste?

  • Each Australian household throws away an average of 585 kg of food per year
  • Australian businesses generate 2.5 million tonnes of organic waste annually
  • A supermarket discards 200 - 400 kg per day of vegetable trimmings and expired food products
  • A hospital survey showed that food waste was of the order of 2kg per in-patient per day
  • In a mining camp, organic waste is up to 1.0 kg per resident per day
  • Restaurants create up to 2.5 kg of food waste per cover per week
Food Waste Recycling

Food organics recycling:  Whichever way you look at it, it is huge. And, on one point, there is unanimous agreement - these organics, particularly food waste, MUST be diverted from landfill. Organic waste in landfill rots anaerobically and gives off methane gas, which is 21 to 25 times more damaging as a greenhouse gas (GHG) than carbon dioxide.

Some countries have already banned organic waste from landfill or, at least, made the cost of dumping it exorbitant. Australia and New Zealand are following this trend - for example, the State of Victoria increased its Landfill Levy by 100% on 01 July 2010 and by a further 45% in 2011. This further encourages food recycling. Such cost escalations are a significant burden on industry, running into tens of thousands of dollars. Many businesses are acting now to avoid reaching crisis point.  

We have the solution to recycling food waste in Australia

Now, with SoilFood, the organic waste can be treated at source and broken down into two re-usable resources - water and a sustainable organic fertiliser.

Our systems are avaliable Australia wide, including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart, Mine Sites and Offshore Islands

If you would like to find out more about how we can help your business food recycling system:

Waste and Recycling Hierarchy on Eco Guardians Australia Food Waste Recycling Page
Volumes of Food Waste - Greenhouse Gases - Water - Soil Degradation

Our Products



The SoilFood™ System is a proven food waste management process that produces two pathoge-free reusable resources: organic fertiliser and water. Of all the methods of handling food waste, SoilFood™ is unique as an on-site, odour-free process that produces two sterile reusable resources – water and biomass.

Rocket Composter

Rocket Composter

The Rocket Composters are designed to recycle food wastes from catering or food service on site. The Rocket® is a continual food recycling process system, designed to be fed with organic wastes as frequently as possible – ideally daily. It outputs a high quality organic compost, ideal for soil remediation.


1.2 million tonnes

of 7.3 million tonnes of food waste is currently recycled in Australia

7,500 tonnes

per annum (approximately) of food waste is diverted with our SoilFood System

1,100 TONNES

per annum (approximately) of SoilFood fertiliser is created using the SoilFood™ System and returned to the earth