Industries and Councils

Industries and Councils

Industries and Councils

Converting Waste Product into plant and soil fertiliser and soil ‘conditioner’ for Industries and Councils.

Are you working in an industry or council and responsible for organic waste management?

You don’t see organic resources as a waste material?

Your goal is to establish a long term solution for beneficial utilisation by adding value to your organic wastes with a 100% utilisation rate?


Vermicomposting is the ideal technology for wet organic wastes such as sludge and semi dewatered materials. Worms require a moisture content between 60% and 90% depending on the structure of the ‘feedstock’. At MyNOKE® we are combining wet resources with semi moist materials. Sludge with no structure will be mixed with carbon rich fibre to provide the structure compost worms require.

Yes – with some limitations though as anaerobic digestion is reducing the carbon content in the organic waste but increases nutrient content such as nitrogen. High amonia concentration in the digestive can be toxic to earthworms. At MyNOKE® we are buffering the nutrients with fibrous resources to balance nutrient and fibre for the wellbeing and performance of our earthworms.

At all MyNOKE® vermicomposting operations together we are vermicomposting 150,000 tonnes of organic resources per year and are steadily growing. The largest sources of organic materials are some 95,000 tonnes per year from one of our clients. In addition we are receiving 15,000 tonnes of anaerobic digested sludge and 21,000 tonnes of waste activated sludge from other individual customers.

The smallest municipal ‘worm farm’ we are operating is at Maketu with approximately 250 tonnes biosolids intake per year.

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Contact Dr Michael Quintern the director of Quintern Innovation Limited and founder of MyNOKE® to discuss your specific situation and requirements. Michael has been working for almost 30 years in processing and utilisation of organic resources on land. Quintern Innovation offers waste audits, feasibility studies, vermicomposting and land utilisation research trials, design and development of vermicomposting operations (“worm farms”) at any scale.


Case study Solutions

MyNOKE® in consultation with Quintern Limited have developed sustainable waste management solutions for:

Carter Holt Harvey

Carter Holt Harvey (OJI Paper Corporation)

Kinleith Pulp & Paper Mill in Central North Island is New Zealand’s first pulp and paper mill that is now organic waste free by upcycling more than 60,000 wet tonnes of rejected fibre to ‘vermicast’ - a premium soil conditioner for improving natural soil fertility. MyNOKE® developed and has been managing the vermicomposting operation since 2007.


Read from the Environmental Sustainability Report 2013 from Carter Holt Harvey, page 29.


Seeka Packhouses - Bay of Plenty Region

Seeka Packhouses – Bay of Plenty Region

Seeka Kiwifruit pack houses are producing several thousand tonnes of organic residues from packaging kiwifruit. Leaves, small fruits, and mostly fine hairs from kiwifruit are delivered in large bags to MyNOKE® vermicomposting operation. After removing the material from the plastic bags our earthworms are converting the kiwifruit residues into a high quality vermicast used on maize paddocks.


Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Western Bay of Plenty District Council are vermicomposting sludge from their municipal wastewater treatment plants in Te Puke and Maketu.

The Maketu community of 250 households in the Western Bay of Plenty District is operating a new wastewater treatment plant for their sewage. The treatment plant is producing some 250 tonnes of biosolids per year, which are vermicomposted on site by MyNOKE®.


Hamilton City Council

Hamilton City Council

Hamilton City Council is producing some 15,000 tonnes per year of anaerobic digested sludge from their biogas plant. These biosolids have been tested during a 6 month trial before starting a full-scale vermicomposting operation in 2013. All biosolids are since carefully mixed with fibrous resources and applied to MyNOKE® earthworms. After more than 12 months of vermicomposting and thoroughly testing, a premium grade vermicompost becomes available for end users.


The Laminex Group

The Laminex Group

The Laminex Group have been vermicomposting the sediments from their oxidation and storm water pond at their Taupo site since 2012. MyNOKE® is operating a small-scale worm farm on-site and produces a unique product for the local market. Mark Davis from Laminex has received an environmental award for his concept.