• Why Compost?

     

    What’s so special about organic waste?

     

     

    Organic matter is a very valuable resource. Our planet is a 'balanced' ecosystem and each part relies on many other parts for its survival and the survival of the whole. Most of the life on earth is contained in the biomass or topsoil that lies on the earth's surface.

     

     

    How does composting make a difference?

     

    • By composting, we are putting the biomass into soil back rather than just taking it away. Soils play a vital role in carbon sequestration and water retention - approximately 20% of global carbon is held in the soil.
     
    • We reduce Methane gas emissions from organic waste breaking down in landfill. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 23 times more damaging than Carbon Dioxide so food waste in landfill can contribute greatly to the greenhouse effect and climate change.
     
    • Best of all, we create a useful product that helps to grow food!

  • Our Story

    Back in 2009, Steve Rickerby was working at an insurance company. When the company moved into Auckland's first 5-star green rated building the staff were required to separate rubbish as part of the rating system. Recycling, rubbish and compost were taken care of, however, none of the large waste companies offered a service to collect the food waste and paper hand towels. There was no space to compost onsite and the waste was going straight to landfill.

     

    Steve decided to solve the problem by launching We Compost - with one bin on the back of his ute.

     

    We Compost now collects over 30,000 kg of organic waste each week - servicing corporate offices, food courts, schools, tertiary institutes, hotels, cafes, coffee-roasters and caterers. Since March 2012 We Compost has saved over 3,000,000 kg of waste going
    to landfill.

     

     

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    These groups are doing great things for the community so we help them do great things for the environment.​

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    These groups are doing great things for the community so we help them do great things for the environment.​

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    We Support Local Groups.

    These groups are doing great things for the community so we help them do great things for the environment.

    Gerri Ward - Sustainability Manager - Z Energy

    "When we started on our sustainability journey at Z, our waste audits showed us that a large proportion of the volume of our sites’ operational waste was in unsold pies. At the time, there weren’t many options in terms of credible composting for food waste, and we met Steve at just the right time to work out a solution together. Working with Steve at We Compost has meant that we were able to get after food waste composting at our Z sites in Auckland in a really credible way. We honestly couldn’t have chosen a better guy to partner to work with to make this happen. Steve’s got unbelievable drive, passion, and integrity."