COMPOSTING business biomix officially opened their new compost production facility last Wednesday with about 200 people attending the event on-site at Carag Carag (7km south-west of Stanhope).
The $12 million investment includes six enclosed vessels for food and garden organics which under EPA guidelines need to be processed in enclosed vessels rather than other waste that can be left in windrows.
‘‘All six vessels will come on line in the coming months,’’ biomix operations manager Paul Newcombe said.
‘‘The in-vessel compost facility is a great addition to the existing open windrow method for providing a quality product helping solve customers’ soil problems,’’ he said.
Since 2012, when managing director Jackie Yong bought the business, biomix has formed many partnerships including the City of Greater Bendigo Council, All Stone Quarries Bendigo, Colbinabbin Estate Wines and Echuca based company TPC Agriculture.
‘‘Many farmers have turned to organic inputs to build soil health,’’ compost advisor Rob Finster said.
‘‘Many see the costs of fertilisers, sprays and other inputs rise and at the same time they see declining soil health,’’ he said.
Ms Yong said she expected in the coming years to more than double the current 66,000 tonnes of material that the company is permitted to process.