Inventor, CarbonCycle Composter
A CarbonCycle Composter processing your daily organic waste
Using your compost to grow fruit and vegetables
10 tons of CO2 (equivalent) avoided
The composter’s removable side slats and overall design reduce labour time by at least 30%, and by over 50% when there are two or more joined together.
The box size and materials promote optimal heat retention for killing weeds and pathogens and breaking down compostable material.
Food and garden waste need never be taken off your property again thereby reducing transport costs, and reducing waste and landfill-caused methane.
Composting your waste puts nutrients and carbon back into the soil, so you can grow and eat super-foods and reduce greenhouse effects at the same time. Welcome to the CarbonCycle!
Encourage your friends and neighbors to share compostable material, and share your excess produce with them in return. The whole community can benefit from the CarbonCycle.
Premium grade aluminium frame
A beautiful combination of science and art, designed to assemble in minutes and engineered to keep in perfect shape. The frame will not warp, twist, expand or contract over time. No plastic or other parts that will break off!
Budget and aesthetic flexibility
Side and lid slats are available in Australia and New Zealand in various grades of timber to suit your aesthetic and budget. Or you can buy your own slats.
Size and scalability
Our composters are designed to handle substantial volumes and to ensure the pile gets seriously hot. If you need more capacity, it’s easy to join composters together. This substantially increases composting efficiency.
Performance and longevity
Once your CarbonCycle Composter is in place, there are no more costs. All you need are food scraps and garden waste to make perfect compost and lots of it. You can relax knowing that your waste will break down quickly, but your composter won’t.
Our team have been passionate compost makers for decades. Through trial and error, we learned that commercially available composters had so many short-comings that they had little chance of gaining wide acceptance from communities so that they would not only start composting but also keep composting.
So Richard, our very own “Doctor Compost”, began to design composters for our own use. Many a shipping pallet was used as we progressed our thinking of what would make the perfect composter. And whilst we were experimenting, we began to meet like-minded people with whom we could share thoughts and to whom we could provide prototype composters and what we had learned over the years. We inevitably learned about the benefits of local composting and worked with many schools, community gardens, community curb-side collections and other groups.
Richard’s backyard composting alone offsets his yearly carbon quota every 2 weeks
As a restaurant manager, I can vouch that the cost for rubbish collection over this last year has dropped around 45%; this is the result of a gradual education into our business, among our high turnover team: not only are we separating organic products and we give them back to the land (thanks to the composting system and CarbonCycle) but we are also sorting other products better than before, reducing the volume of the non-recycling wastage.
For the Better Good
If you are wanting to start composting, or improve your current compost and do it properly, then there is one company you should deal with, CarbonCycle Compost. I have never met anyone as knowledgeable and dedicated to their craft as Richard and the team. We are now using multiple boxes in multiple different settings, from urban farms to inner city environments. This would not have been possible without CarbonCycle and their incredible boxes. Not only do they produce the best compost I have ever seen, but they happen to look beautiful while they do it.
OMG (an urban farm in Uptown Auckland)
Over the past two years I have worked with Richard and Tim to take in local food waste and turn it into compost to fuel the soil life and grow healthy vegetables. In the beginning we had a substantial rat problem because of poor compost management, but since their boxes have been in use the rats have completely disappeared. Their substantial size allows for a very large volume of compost to be produced in a very manageable way. They are a wonderful tool to create beautiful living compost at substantial quantities without the use of machinery. They also look very beautiful.
Resilient Russell Charitable Trust manages zero waste events in the Bay of Islands. In this work we needed a composting system that could deal with compostable cups and packaging. We also wanted to keep the compost in our community as part of our vision of a resilient Russell. The CarbonCycle composters were a perfect solution. We like their simplicity, efficiency and ease of operation. Richard is highly motivated to normalise home and community composting and make it widely accessible. We certainly appreciate the energy, know-how and support he has given us in our composting journey.
Compost Co. (Waiheke Resources Trust)
The joined compost boxes allow easy turning between boxes with no organic matter spilling out. The easy-to-remove slats are extremely helpful with the turning process, as the sides of the box can be taken right down and built up as suits. The 1.5mC volume of the box allows temperatures to build up when there is sufficient volume. Hot composting speeds up the time it takes to produce compost from raw materials and also enables pasteurization of the food waste to kill off any pathogens to produce a safe product for use. These boxes are rodent proof, which means no restrictions when it comes to meat waste and other such items people may otherwise avoid putting in. The aluminium framing means that this product is durable and also able to be relocated easily to a new site if necessary. I have thoroughly enjoyed using these compost boxes and would definitely recommend the product.
Dignan Street Community Garden
They make our workflow very efficient with the flexibility of taking off any and all sides for turning and processing. The wooden slats fit so firmly which allows the hot temperatures needed for the thermophilic phase to pasteurise the compost pile. And after 3 years they are still looking great and keeping the smells in and the rats out. We can’t recommend their product highly enough. Thanks to CarbonCycle, I was able to completely offset my return flights on a recent trip to San Francisco. My composting activities, coupled with growing nutrient dense food in our community and sequestering carbon into our soil, well offset the 4.2 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
For the Love of Bees
The CarbonCycle composters are ideal for composting in these urban environments because they are attractive, vermin proof, allow great access to the compost heap and make it clean and easy to turn large volumes of compost. Richard shares our vision and, aside from the composting infrastructure and activity, he has been of great assistance in helping with education and guidance for us.