MICK Alexander sees a golden opportunity in Rockhampton's mounting green waste.
The managing director of Grazing Bestprac is urging Rockhampton Regional Council to get on board with his bold plan to convert organic waste material into salable compost/fertiliser.
He says it will extend the life of existing landfill sites and slash the cost of waste management, and he already has a ready-made market in Central Queensland farmers and graziers.
In a recent pitch to the business enterprise committee, Mr Alexander said the council had the chance to lead the recycling revolution by adopting the plan.
He is asking it to invest $300,000 in a trial that has the potential to convert waste material into high value humified compost.
The council would provide the land, the pad and associated earthworks, the green waste and the water; Grazing Bestprac would supply the equipment and the specialised skills.
It would compost up to 1500 tonnes in Stage 1 over a 10-12-week timeframe.
Once established, the site could compost 6000 tonnes or more annually.
Mr Alexander said council had access to green waste, organic waste, bio-solids and water treatment sludge, as well as rumen paunch (from cattle) at nearby meatworks.
These were excellent for creating quality compost. "It's a very exciting process and the most cost-effective way to deal with green waste," Mr Alexander said.
"Smart gardeners and farmers have been using compost on their gardens and paddocks for decades.
"This product will complement the recycling of waste materials and enhance existing fertilisers so that they do not leach and cause damage to soils.
"Farmers are crying out for answers to declining soil health and we have the solution in a local waste product."
The council wants another report, with detailed analysis, to be brought back to the business enterprise committee.