AORA Capability Statement
The Australian Recycled Organics Industry at a Glance
- representing over 150 businesses involved in organics recycling and composting
- estimated industry turnover of $1 billion
- capital investment in excess of $2 billion
- directly employ over 3,500 people (FTE) in addition to indirectly creating several thousand jobs in infrastructure and the collection, transport, distribution and application of products.
- recycle more than 6 million tonnes of organic material each year
- create a range of new products including:
- composted soil conditioners and mulches
- agricultural soil amendments
- potting mixes, playground surfacing and manufactured soils
- recover nutrients equivalent to more than 30,000 tonnes of urea, 3,000 tonnes of super phosphate and 15,300 tonnes of potassium sulphate; that would otherwise be lost to landfill each year
- sequester and abate more than 7.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent of potential and actual greenhouse gas emissions, through diversion of organic matter from landfill, storage of carbon in the soil and avoided fertiliser use.
Our Environmental Contribution
- builds soil carbon in agricultural soils. One tonne of composted garden organics applied to land can sequester approximately 0.5 tonnes of C02e (equivalent)
- creates healthy soils that use less water, less fertiliser and fewer pesticides whilst reducing nutrient leaching and protecting the aquatic environment
- supports resilient farming systems producing healthy food and supporting Australia’s food security
- buffers the effects of climate change in agriculture by:
- reducing water loss from soils (improving water use efficiency and reducing cropping risk)
- protecting soils against wind and water erosion
- reducing soil temperature fluctuations (increasing root growth and soil biology)
- reduces synthetic fertilizer demand and carbon emissions from fertilizer manufacture and use
- mulch application suppresses weed growth and can save more than 30% of irrigation water depending on conditions
- the composting process destroys weed seeds and pathogens, helping to control the spread of weeds and diseases as well as managing biosecurity risks.
An additional 13 million tonnes/year of organic material is still available to be diverted from landfill. Diverting just an additional 2 million tonnes would:
- create more than 650 new jobs
- increase turnover by up to $400 million and an expected capital investment in excess of $1 billion
- avoid approximately 2 million tonnes of CO2e emissions and sequester approximately
- 1 million tonnes of CO2e in soils when the compost is applied to land
- save a further 100GL of irrigation water
- replace 10,000 tonnes of urea, 1,000 tonnes of super phosphate and 5,000 tonnes of potassium sulphate
- deliver an additional $30 million in farm revenue due to yield improvement in intensive agriculture.
Whilst the AORA web site is an industry member’s resource the public face of AORA can be found at compostforsoils.com.au. The Compost for Soils site provides an extensive resource of the organics industries efforts over the past 15years including many papers on organic reuse.
Download the Capability Statement here.