Bio Gro News

Keep up to date with news happening with Bio Gro and our ever evolving industry.

Bio Gro in the Field with Local Farmers

December 15, 2023

Bio Gro is proud to support events like the recent “Boosting Soil Fertility with Organic Amendments and Soil Testing”, at Hatherleigh, South Australia.

Farmers from South Australia’s South East heard from Dr Mel Fraser, Declan McDonald, and David Oddie. Soil sampling methods, soil biology and organic amendments and paddock treatments were just some of the topics of discussion.

This project was funded by the Limestone Coast Landscape Board, through funding from the National Landcare Program Smart Farms Small Grants – an Australian Government Initiative.

‘EAGA’ Visits Dandenong Site

December 15, 2023

Bio Gro recently welcomed the ‘Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action’ to our Dandenong South site, to better understand our collective environmental responsibility.

The Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA) consists of the following member Councils:
City of Boroondara, Glen Eira City Council,
Knox City Council, Maroondah City Council, City
of Monash, Stonnington City Council, City of
Whitehorse, and Yarra Ranges Council.

The EAGA was formed in response to community concerns about climate change and a desire to drive action in a coordinated manner in the Eastern Melbourne region.

Supporting Our Future

December 15, 2023

Bio Gro supports our community’s young through various actions. Throughout November and December, South Australian schools, Suttontown Primary and Kongorong Primary, received donations from Bio Gro to support school projects. Tenison Woods College Ag students toured the Wandilo Site to get a better understanding of what we do. While in Victoria, Bio Gro continued its support of the Victorian School Gardens Awards, held at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Recovery of Compostable Cups

October 10, 2022

We are proud to continue our involvement with the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival to deliver on environmentally sound initiatives with IMG Events and Detpak. Following the marathon, we recovered the compostable cups used along the course to assess and remove any inorganic material before being mixed into our processed organics.

This combined material was then transferred to our composting facility where the cups will spend 12 weeks being actively turned and composted, ready for screening to become a compost or soil amendment for the garden – certified to Australian Standards!

Last year we received over 800,000 cups to be recovered, refined and reapplied through our organics system.

Sage Wins Women in Industry Award

September 10, 2022

Earlier in the year, Sage Hahn (Operations Manager, VIC) was nominated for the National Women in Industry Awards in the Business Development category for her work done in growing our inbound organics volumes through the Dandenong South facility.

The Women In Industry Awards recognise outstanding women from across a range of industrial sectors that are traditionally male dominated.

After being shortlisted as a finalist amongst a very strong list of nominations, Sage won the award in her category which was presented at the prestigious Women in Industry Awards event held in Sydney on 8 September.

On behalf of the whole Bio Gro team, well done Sage. A fantastic achievement and one that is very well deserved.

Bio Gro Regional Victoria Expansion

August 22, 2022

Bio Gro is excited to announce the acquisition of an EPA licensed facility in Newbridge Victoria to support our ongoing growth in the State of Victoria.

The site was formerly the operations of ScatoPlus, a producer of mushroom growing compost and is located within 30 mins of Bendigo. The acquisition incorporates a 400-acre parcel of land along with supporting equipment and infrastructure that will enable us to quickly commence operations.

We’re extremely excited by this acquisition and the opportunity for Bio Gro to assist the State of Victoria in meeting their objectives of creating additional organics recovery infrastructure, and equally for Bio Gro creating additional manufacturing capacity to meet our customer demand.

Our range of products are a key component in sustainably improving soil and plant health and we’re looking forward to the Newbridge operation being another new chapter in our growth story.

Starting this week, there will be investment in the region in terms of job creation, support services and engagement of local businesses as we continue to develop the site capability.

We are a family-owned business that has been providing quality products from organics for nearly 50 years. The process starts with the recovery of organics from a range of different industries. These products are then refined and supplied to the horticultural, viticultural and agricultural markets in the form of quality growing media, mulches and composts which are then applied to improve plant and soil health, tailored to customer specific requirements. This is our core philosophy.

RECOVER, REFINE, REAPPLY.

New Contracts

July 28, 2022

In February this year the Ordish Road team tendered for the Food and Garden Organics Processing Services of Boroondara and Stonnington City Councils. We are thrilled to be awarded the two contracts recently which will add an additional 35,000 tonnes of organics processing this current financial year.

Best Allied Trader Commercial

June 21, 2022

We’re very proud to have won the 2021 Best Allied Trader – Commercial Award at the Nursery & Garden Industry of South Australia Awards of Excellence evening hosted in Adelaide recently.

It is gratifying for our work to be acknowledged with an award such as this. A big thanks goes to our hardworking and dedicated team for embracing the new innovations we implement and always producing quality products from a range of organics specifically for the horticulture, agriculture, viticulture, and landscape markets.

Government Support for Wandilo Expansion

May 31, 2022

Recently, Bio Gro was awarded some government funding for expanding our capacity at Wandilo. This funding will go towards increasing our composting pads and hardstand for organics, adding liquid bunkers and also the commissioning of a wastewater treatment plant to help to Recover, Refine and Reapply our current pond runoff water and reduce the need to draw irrigation water from the ground. These investments help to create additional infrastructure for meeting the growing focus on organics recovery and increase Bio Gro’s focus on sustainability.

Tony Pasin (Federal MP) recently visited Wandilo to congratulate Bio Gro on its achievement and to show support for the ongoing investment in solutions that reduce impacts on the environment.

We gratefully appreciate the assistance of Green Industries SA and the Federal Government for
their ongoing commitment that supports diversion of organics from landfill.

2022 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

April 4, 2022

Bio Gro was proud to be a Sustainability Partner for the 2022 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show when it returned for the first time since 2019. Our partnership involved providing mulch to the majority of show gardens, then recovering the organic material out of the show to avoid landfill and waste, and for the first time having our own stand display. Over 500 tonnes of organic materials were removed from the show.

Our display focussed on how we Recover, Refine and Reapply to make healthier soils. We also got the opportunity to speak to school groups about keeping their green waste bins clean from contamination.

A huge thank you to everyone involved.

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