In excess of 5 million tonnes of food waste is disposed of in South Africa each year. This figure relates to households, corporate canteens and hospitality section only. A further 10 million tonnes is disposed from up-stream activities including farm excess, logistics and processing.

90% of food waste goes to landfill sites.

The food waste, when not treated, generates methane and leachate in landfills.

Leachates contaminate the ground water, and methane is a greenhouse gas, 84 times more harmful than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period; contributing significantly to global warming.

Untreated food waste attracts vermin which spread disease.

  • 12 – 14 million people are food insecure in SA.
  • If we recycle our kitchen waste we can produce healthy compost for organic vegetable gardening.
  • Using the Bokashi system highlights how much food we waste and forces us to analyse why there is so much waste.
  • Bokashi is a Japanese term that means “fermented organic matter.”
  • Bokashi is bran that has been infused with effective micro-organisms / pro-biotics. (Yeast, phototropic, and lactic acid bacteria)
  • Higher crop yields;
  • Improved soil structure, leading to better aeration and water holding capacity.
  • Improved nutrient availability, leading to lower chemical fertilizer requirements and higher organic fertilizer utilization of Bokashi food waste.
  • Lower disease pressure by developing a disease suppressive soil.
  • Lower requirements for pesticides.
  • Improved quality of plants.