Cleanaway’s organic processors supply Victoria’s agricultural regions with composted soil and soil conditioner. The benefits of which are essential nutrients which are returned to the soil to assist with enhanced plant and crop growth.
The supply of this organic compost is enabled through Cleanaway’s partnership with the Soil and Organics Resource Facility in Dutson Downs, Victoria. This partnership provides the platform by which the compost is processed and can then be delivered to a number of farmers in the Gippsland region. These compost fertilized farms grow various produce and also graze cattle, some of these products are then sold back to fresh food customers including Woolworths. This is a ‘closed loop’ process – providing a sustainable, economical and environmentally beneficial outcome.
The initial process transforms all green and food organic materials into compost before it delivered to farms. Anecdotal evidence says that those farmers believe the crops are healthier and more bountiful. For example, with 2,000 tonnes of grains required to feed the 1,600 cattle at Dutson Downs annually, the existing soil, which is sandy, needed a boost. About 10,000 tonnes of our specially formulated organic compost has been applied annually for the past 5 years and the results have been impressive.
The compost adds body, carbon, nutrients, and introduced biology into the soil, resulting in healthy soil. In turn, plants that are grown in the soil contain more nutrients and cattle feed – grown in the soil – make the cows healthier and improves milk yields.
Farmers who have used the organic compost report that it has a natural earthy smell, with no offensive odour, and it improves soil aeration and increases plant root depth.
The organic recycling loop is complete after the produce – including beef, dairy products and vegetables – are sold back to the local and wider community. Organic compost is helping make a sustainable future possible in a number of ways on the land, but it also helps by diverting recyclable waste away from landfill.