WRITE Solutions came about from our founders’ mutual frustration with the waste industry’s lack of education to their clients and the volume of waste – especially organics going to landfill.
We do what we do to preserve Australia’s beautiful landscape and to help develop a circular, sustainable economy. Our mission is to create a world where waste isn’t wasted and trash
Here in Perth we have made a significant impact composting around 130 tonnes of organic waste per month, and raising awareness for Perth businesses and the community around organic waste and compostable packaging. We are one of the first businesses in Australia to close the loop by capturing compostable packaging from events and cafes and turning it into a resource.
We use the method called Windrow Composting, whereby the organic waste and compostable packaging is combined with carbon sources such as green waste to balance the carbon/nitrogen content. It is then laid out on a concrete pad, aerated, and the moisture and temperature monitored for six weeks. Finally it is sifted into three grades of material.
We have certainly adapted our processes to accept compostable packaging as once compostable packaging is added, the collection and processing of organic waste changes dramatically. To accept compostable packaging it is necessary that all other contamination is present only at extremely low percentages, if at all, as the waste cannot be put through a depacker prior to processing. This means far more education, bin monitoring and driver training to prevent the load from being contaminated.
That is hard to determine as the facility collects waste from other services too such as green waste, bulk organics and liquid waste. Our Organic Revolution service collects currently around 130 tonne per month (as of March 2021).
Yes, the compost is certified organic and goes through a testing process to ensure it meets the criteria.
At the end of our process we generally end up with a high quality compost and a lower grade compost. They have a variety of markets from broad acreage to bagged retail. Several of our clients have purchased back compost for their grounds, or retailed bagged compost at their venue.
We have an education program running for up to six weeks with every new customer to help them through the start-up process and eliminate contamination. Further, our drivers are trained to recognise contamination and either pick out the offending items or not tip the bin if too contaminated.
All of our clients are major to us, but if it is approached by volume collected from site the Westfield Shopping Centers, Perth Inflight Catering, Refresh Juice, Squished Juice, Citrus WA, The Camfield, Inglewood Markets, Scarborough Sunset Markets and Yelo Cafes would be some of our larger clients.
Contamination. Contamination. Contamination.
Businesses should approach their local waste management providers about an organic waste service. If there is no company servicing the city already, the volume of requests will likely instigate research into developing a service. However, if there is no current commercial composter to process the waste it can take a significant period of time (up to a couple of years in some cases) to obtain the necessary licenses to process organic waste.
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