Who we are
We’re on a mission to reduce and divert organic food waste going to landfill from inner city Melbourne precincts, process them locally into high nutrient biodiverse composted fertiliser, and returning it back to regenerate soil in our local communities.
We work with you to create a circular waste management system in your building or business, and with flexible subscription based closed loop food waste diversion services. We’ll help you remove barriers to composting and co-design waste minimisation strategies as a Cirque du Soil community compost collective member, to establish a urban food forest network in your balconies, streets, parks and community gardens.
Reduce Travel Emissions
Divert Landfill Food Waste
Grow Urban Food
Why Cirque du Soil?
"There is increasing awareness of overflowing landfills, climate change, and the need to live more regeneratively.”
Organic waste from Metropolitan Melbourne go to Landfill
Amount of food waste we've rescued
Greenhouse Gas Emissions we've saved
Transitioning towards a Circular Economy
Currently, our global economy is built on the concept of a linear and depletive economy, where we extract, manufacture, distribute, use and dispose. A circular economy is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems we live in.
Today’s challenges need urgent action.
Progress requires a dedication to communities coming together and moving fast.
Roughly 97% of food produced ends up in landfill in Melbourne. On top of this, our current farming methods based in monocropping are rapidly depleting carbon reserves and reducing biodiversity in our agricultural farms, and more importantly, our soil which is the lifeblood of growing food for our communities.
“The poor state of our soils means you would have to eat 8 oranges today to get the same level of vitamin A that a single orange had 60 years ago”.
Damon Gameau, Writer and Director of 2040 film
Dehydrated food waste and Compost adds valuable organic matter back into our soils, and reduces the amount of waste going into landfill. When food rots in landfill, it also produces methane, which is 25 times more potent than CO2 produced by cars!
Soil regeneration has the unique potential to draw down carbon from the atmosphere and into the ground, thus healing the earth, all while feeding the planet. Although our livelihood depends on it, soils are currently heavily degraded globally. But there are solutions. Join us to find out what role you can play in regenerating soils.
Food is our fuel and one of the most connective social fibers of society. We all produce organic food waste, in our businesses, homes and public spaces, and everywhere you look – yet we simply don’t currently have enough infrastructure to collect or separate our urban waste. Couple this with other pressing factors, such as Melbourne’s rising population, increasing urban density and rising waste charges, and we know we’ve got a growing problem on our hands.
This is why we’ve created an accessible, affordable and stress free compost pick- up service for local urban communities, where all residents, traders and businesses, big and small, can join a community compost collective.
Through the work that we do as well as the profits generated, 50% of all our profits go to scaling up achieving zero waste through supporting and developing new circular economy initiatives with a primary focus on waste in the built environment.