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 40,000 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 5000 tonnes of waste from landfill.