Converting food waste into a valuable resource

Waste to Food is a company tackling food waste and also creating jobs by turning waste into compost and saving the planet, a bag at a time.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 1.3 billion tonnes of food is sent to landfills globally while food security is still considered a sustainable development goal that needs to be achieved. South Africa is not exempt from this current state of food wastage and food insecurity as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has found that over nine million tonnes of food is wasted every year.

Waste to Food is a company tackling food waste and also creating jobs by turning waste into compost and saving the environment. The company receives food waste and manually chops the food items into smaller pieces. They also manage the earthworm hammocks, harvest the compost, dry and sieve the compost to ensure no small rocks and twigs are included, and then bag it.

Waste to Food currently has 10 worm hammock units and processes five tonnes of compost a week. The business is also looking into a process for collecting waste water that, after treatment, can be used to irrigate organic vegetable gardens. Waste to Food uses both in-vessel composting and large-scale earthworm composting technologies. The in-vessel composting technology addresses the environmental and health concerns that usually lead to food waste being disposed of at landfills.

Waste to Food is proof that finding value in waste not only benefits the environment but can help alleviate poverty and unemployment by creating jobs and making a difference in other people’s lives.

To read more on Waste to Food visit www.wtf.waste-to-food.co.za