Ocean2earth Australia was formed in 2019 with a clear purpose to demonstrate innovation and passion for the environment, a circular economy and local employment by transforming marine, seafood processing, food manufacturing and timber industry waste into compost. Ocean2earth is based in the NSW Bega Valley in a region renowned for its pristine coastal waters and clean, green environment.
Fish compost processing site
Processing of the fish waste takes place at the Merimbula Organics Facility. Ocean2earth Australia collects marine waste from boat ramps and seafood processors, plus other byproducts from industries such as forestry and food manufacturing, that would normally be deemed “waste” and transforms it into premium recycled gardening products.
Using an innovative natural composting process and a newly EPA-approved composting method, they produce a concentrated and highly effective compost which is odour free, 100% natural and has been proven to be extremely effective for improved growth and plant health, as well as improved soil health.
Composting: the benefits
In addition to building soil carbon, i.e. sequestering atmospheric carbon, key environmental benefits of using compost in agriculture and horticulture include:
- Improvement and maintenance of soil health and structure thus reducing and reversing soil degradation
- Greater water‐use efficiency and hence reduced reliance on irrigation water
- Reduced use of synthetic fertilisers and biocides
- Reduction in the overloading of the environment with surplus nitrogen and phosphorous
- Maintaining of natural nutrient and carbon cycles
- Prevents the spread of pests, diseases and weeds
- Reduced nutrient and sediment run‐off polluting waterways
- Support for Ecosystems Services, which are provided by the natural environment
- Higher and more consistent plant yields per unit of input in energy terms
- In addition to the above benefits of using compost products, the diversion of organic residues from landfill prevents the emission of greenhouse gases in the order of 900‐1300 kg CO2‐equivalents per tonne of garden or food organics landfilled. The loss of organics to landfill when they could be converted to high order compost products is undesirable
- Diversion of organic materials from landfill also reduces leachate generation, which can contaminate ground and surface waters in poorly constructed managed landfills, and generate trace toxic and ozone depleting gases.
*Source Grant, 2010