Ocean2earth Australia launched their war on waste business in April 2019 after a public expression of interest to Bega Valley Shire Council to help the Council better manage marine waste.
The Bega Council is committed to diverting as much waste from landfill as possible and Ocean2earth Australia supports Council’s long-term waste-management strategy ‘Recycling the Future’ by addressing the disposal of marine waste.
Ocean2earth collects marine waste from specially-marked blue bins at fishing boat ramps at Bermagui Harbour, Bermagui River, Quarantine Bay Eden, Pambula Lake Broadwater, Kianinny Tathra and Mogareeka. Council has also installed new red and yellow bins at the boat ramps to help make it easier for people who enjoy fishing in the Bega Valley Shire to choose the right bin.
How does it work?
Ocean2earth collects fish waste from six boat ramps in the Bega Valley, decontaminates it by hand then turns it into high quality garden compost at FOGO compost processing facility at Merimbula tip.
Where did this idea originate?
Eden brothers Tim and Kyran Crane developed the Ocean2earth concept. Being keen fishermen themselves, they witnessed the problem of managing marine waste from boat ramps first-hand and knew there had to be a better solution.
Used to providing practical solutions, the brothers got their heads together to develop a large-scale solution to a large-scale problem. Instead of sending marine waste to landfill, or having it end up back out in the ocean, Ocean2earth Australia will turn it into a valuable and recyclable product – organic compost for gardening.
Ocean2earth Australia is using an innovative approach to hot composting, turning fish waste into high value garden compost without the need for chemical applications. Close to 100% of the marine waste is able to be recycled and transformed into rich, waste-free, organic compost which can be sold back to the public and retailers for gardening. The compost end product is odour free, 100% organic and has been proven to be extremely effective for improved growth and plant health, as well as improved soil health in gardens.
Tim has operational experience across a range of industries including eight years in the waste management industry. He was involved in a roll-out of recycle bins in Wagga Wagga using emerging microchip technology. Tim has also worked in the forestry industry for the past decade, gaining a good understanding of the pine bark product. In addition, he worked as a production supervisor for five years at Eden’s Pelagic Fish Processing Facility where he was involved in value adding, processing and marketing fish products. For the past five years Tim has been working privately in the pine bark industry receiving and selling bulk bark from Eden’s Log Export Yard. While selling this bark as a landscaping material to a Sydney company, he has been testing the Ocean2earth Australia concept to incorporate pine bark and marine waste to produce a quality compost product. He is also involved in local organic farming initiatives, growing and selling vegetables locally on the NSW South Coast. Tim has a vision to set up an organic vegetable farm in the Bega Valley, utilising the Ocean2earth Product.
Kyran Crane is a marine biologist who has worked in Local Government for the past ten years in environmental, coast and estuary management. Kyran has extensive project management skills, working on a large range of planning, policy and onground works projects. Through developing coast and estuary management plans and programs in the north and south of the state Kyran has developed a detailed understanding of the key environmental issues facing the community and government agencies, particularly in regard to the coastal zone. Kyran has vast experience in stakeholder management, interpreting and applying NSW environmental policy and law, customer service, technical report writing and consultant management. Kyran has also been involved in the seafood industry, working as a commercial lobster diver on the South Coast for 3 years.