Waste Not is a locally owned and operated Broome business. We have a vision of providing an organic waste management service that builds resilient regional communities in northern Australia, not landfills.
To this end, we are currently establishing a pilot BSF farming facility in Broome. This facility will help us develop a model of BSF farming that is suited to the northern Australian context; the climate, the sources and volumes of waste, and the local market opportunities.
Beyond Broome, we hope in the future to replicate the model in other regional communities. Firstly, across north-west WA and then the rest of northern Australia.
Why Black Soldier Fly farming?
Waste Not has chosen to utilize BSF farming for a number of reasons. Firstly, we believe it is more suitably aligned to the market opportunities both regionally and nationally. Other methodologies, such as composting, often face significant market barriers in northern Australia. Limited local market demand for compost products, and the vast distances to other markets, makes viability a challenge. BSF farming, however, produces a high value protein product that has ready, and growing, markets in the northern Australian aquaculture industry.
Secondly, the BSF is a tropical species. The climate of northern Australia is well suited to their breeding and rearing requirements. This assists with reducing the cost of production. Waste Not seeks to leverage this ideal breeding climate to focus on becoming a specialized BSF breeder. This would allow us to supply eggs or young larvae to other BSF enterprises – de-risking and accelerating the growth of the Australian BSF industry.
Lastly, it BSF farming is not incompatible with other, traditional, organic waste processing methodologies. Aside from the larval biomass, another by-product is the ‘frass’. The frass is comprised of the larval castings (poop) and any residual organic waste. It can be composted or fed into a worm-farm to produce a nutrient balanced, organic fertilizer. Alternatively, it can be fed into an anaerobic digestor to generate energy. Currently Waste Not is planning on using worm-farming to turn it into a nutrient balanced, microbe-rich organic fertilizer.
For her passion for, and achievements towards, creating an organic waste management model suitable for regional northern Australia our founder, Lauren Bell, was recently awarded as the Runner-Up winner in the 2020 Agrifutures Rural Women Award.