We meet our challenges head on…

Our business was built on innovation. It all started in the mid 70’s with our late founder Hans Van Schaik experimenting with composting and further value-adding pine bark and sawdust which were at the time, considered waste by-products of the timber and forest industry.
Our core business model has stood the test of time over the years, while we have continued to diversify across our various market segments including increasing our capability toward organic material streams and identifying key end markets for our end products.
Today we provide an extensive list of products across the horticultural, landscape, viticulture, and agricultural industries which all goes toward supporting a circular economy as well as maximising diversion of waste material from landfill.

Who We Are

We’re proud to be a family-owned Australian business that actively contributes to the overall improvement of our precious environment. Spanning three generations, the Van Schaik family play a vital role within the business to ensure that the vision that was started over 45 years ago continues to be realised and extended further to meet our Vision,  Mission & Values.
Stephen & Heather Van Schaik

What We Do

We operate organic receival facilities in South Australia and Victoria to support the diversion of organic waste products from landfill.

Bio Gro process in excess of 300,000 tonnes of organic material to create a range of products for the horticulture, viticulture, agriculture and landscape market.

This is done through strict quality control processes that are environmentally sustainable while meeting and exceeding Australian Standards for our manufactured products.

Bio Gro Holding Product

Wandilo

Bio Gro’s principal composting and  manufacturing facility with an operating capacity of over 300,000 tonnes per annum.

Jubilee

Jubilee contains two fully automated packaging plants with a capacity of producing in excess of 8 million bags per annum.

Ordish Road

Bio Gro Ordish Road

Victorian Head office with a divided site catering for the sensitivity of having a multi purpose facility.

Bio Gro History

Bio Gro was originated over four decades ago, by Hans Van Schaik and his wife Marjan Van Schaik, as a small earth moving business operating within the heartland of Australia’s Radiata Pine Plantations, Mount Gambier, South Australia.

Hans had a particular interest in soil management, and noticed that bark and organic materials that were by-products of the local forestry industry were being burnt or destined for landfill, and believed that those organic residues could and should be value-added.

Against popular opinion at the time, Hans went about testing and trialling products derived from these residues, and soon after expanded the company’s operating portfolio to include the development and manufacture of various forms of growing substrates, soil conditioners and mulching mediums.

Today, Bio Gro is still a privately held, family-owned company, and is now widely regarded as a leading innovator within the Australian horticulture and waste management industries.

1972

Inception

Hans Van Schaik started experimenting with composting and value-adding materials that remained after harvest and processing by the forest industry within Mount Gambier, South Australia

1975

Van Schaik’s Organic Soils

Van Schaik’s Organic Soils was founded by Hans & Marjan Van Schaik. The original composting facility was located on a 12 acre site on Wandilo road, South Australia

1985

Wholesale and Nursery production

Van Schaik’s Organic Soils starts formulating professional growing mediums for the Australian Nursery Production and Wholesale industry.

1993

First Packaging Plant

Van Schaik’s Organic Soils expands with the purchase of the commercial street site in Mount Gambier; there the first packaging plant was established.

1994

42 Hectare Site Expansion

Further expansion through securing a 42 Hectare site at Wandilo, South Australia.

1995

Bio Gro is Formed

Bio Gro was formed; Van Schaik’s Organic Soils remains an operating entity, holding all supply contracts and supplying product to Bio Gro.

1997

Jubilee Factory Complex

Growth continued through the purchase of the Jubilee factory complex, becoming Bio Gro headquarters and modern packaging facility.

1998

Expansion to Victoria

Expanded into the Victorian market by acquisition. Bio Gro purchase the Australian Potting Mix Company, Canterbury Road Bayswater, to increase exposure into the potting media market.

2000

World Forestry Award Day

Hans Van Schaik wins the World Forestry Day Award. Recognising innovation and outstanding achievements within the forestry industry.

2003

Further Victoria Aquisition

Further growth by acquisition. Bio Gro purchase the Propine Company, and relocate Victorian operations from Canterbury road to Colchester road, Bayswater.

2010

Dandenong South

Catering to demand, Bio Gro outgrows Bayswater facility and purchases a new site located in Dandenong South, Victoria.

2016

100% Family Owned Business

The Van Schaik family acquired remaining shareholding and returned to becoming a 100% family owned business again.

2019

Greenwaste Contracts

Awarded additional kerbside greenwaste contracts for the Eastern tender.

2021

FOGO Inline Processing

Completed installation of inline processing for FOGO/GO and increased capacity.

Our People

Our growth as an organisation is evidence to the great people we have working here. Our people systems are key to attracting and retaining quality professionals and we are passionate about what we do. At the core of what we do is a deep commitment to sustainability with a focus toward safeguarding our natural resources for the now and for future generations. Our Employees together with our valued customers and partners, will continue to set standards for our industry.

Executive Team

Stephen Van Schaik

Stephen Van Schaik

Managing Director

Helen Van Schaik

Heather Van Schaik

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Leigh Barry

Leigh Barry

Chief Operating Officer

David Ford

David Ford

Chairman

Emma Daly

Emma Daly

Strategic Development

Sage Hahn

Sage Hahn

VIC Operations Manager

Nathan Thompson

Nathan Thompson

SA Operations Manager

Paul Beckman

Paul Beckman

Group Sales Manager

Jenine Bott

Jenine Bott

Safety & Compliance Manager

Angela Kain

Angela Kain

Commercial Manager

Sales Team

Paul Beckman

Paul Beckman

Group Sales Manager

Sarah Dawson

Sarah Dawson

Administration Officer SA

Mark Telford

Mark Telford

Growing Media Manager SA

Michelle Torcasio

Michelle Torcasio

VIC Sales Manager – Growing Media & Landscape

Tracy Jakupi

Tracy Jakupi

Customer Service Officer & Sales Assistant

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