composting + food scraps


Our Food Waste Diversion Project on Aotea/Great Barrier Island

Compost Overview

We began composting local food scraps and green waste in 2023, using Carbon Cycle bins.

At Anamata we compost a variety of biodegradable materials using the Carbon Cycle hot compost bins. 

Included in these materials is coconut fiber from recycled mattresses, cotton, wool, jib/plaster board, mulch from local green waste, and nutrient-rich food scraps dropped off by households and local cafes.

The end result is a beautiful compost which we are now selling as available.

Why compost?

Food scraps and green matter from the garden are actually packed with nutrients that can be given a second life as a resource to re-feed the soil, keeping the gardens and fruit trees happy. 

When food scraps end up in the landfill, those valuable nutrients aren’t able to be utilised,  and the organic matter cannot break down, due to lack of aeration in refuse piles. Those food scraps then begin to produce toxic methane gas which traps heat in the atmosphere.

If there's one thing you can do to help our environment, it's keeping your food scraps out of the bin.

If you aren’t in a position to compost your own food waste, 

we will happily accept food scraps at our recycling drop-off.