Ywaste transformation

In 8 years, Ywaste has transformed from a small company manufacturing domestic-scale worm farms into a substantial operation which diverts over 1,500 tons of food waste from landfills every year. Ywaste is a majority blackowned, BBBEE Level 1 company that has grown from a family business to an operation which diverts over 300 tons of food waste from landfills every month. Ywaste focuses on effective and responsible management of food waste and conversion to compost reduces the contribution food waste makes to landfill proliferation. This also enables the replenishment of the soil, which in turn, leads to a better world.

We have conserved

10 Million Kilos…

Since 2011 Ywaste has diverted 10,426 tonnes of waste from landfill. 


How it works

We are disrupting archaic waste management systems. Creating a company people can look at, and be proud of, custodians of the planet, a custodian of the people.


We collect, separate, sort and turn organic waste into compost

We are disrupting archaic waste management systems. Creating a company people can look at, and be proud of, custodians of the planet, a custodian of the people.


Collection of Waste

We provide services for clients in
the retail, hospitality and
residential sectors.


Separation Phase

The separation of organic and nonorganic waste happens at our warehouse in Philippi.


 Waste Deployment

Non-organic waste is sent to recycling centres and the organic waste is composted. 


Compost Utilised

Compost is used for gardening and landscaping. We sell to farmers, landscapers and households.

“Genius of Waste is a concept to address socio economic issues, using waste materials as a resource to address economic growth, environmental stability, social upliftment and tangible relief from a life of poverty, despair and abandonment.”

– Emile Fourie


The Ywaste Family Values

The Ywaste family is characteristically associated with passion, dedication, perseverance and a can-do attitude.

1. Kindness

Listen intently, and be warm and friendly.

2. Unity

We all come from different backgrounds. It’s for this reason that we need to ensure that we are always compassionate and considerate regarding our differences and be guided through unity. 

3. Respect

At Ywaste we are all equal. We are equal because we all have different and unique values to add. For this reason, we are all to be equally respected.

4. Transparency

Understanding, transparency and sustainable profits.


We love hearing from our conscious consumers

Smart Waste Western Cape has worked with YWaste since 2019. We have found them to be consistently reliable, innovative and knowledgeable about organic waste. The service they provide is reasonably priced, so we would recommend them to anyone in need of organic waste service."

Reg Barichiecy

Smart Waste

We are so glad we found Ywaste, as now you get compost from our coffee waste. 

Pieter Bloem

Bootlegger Coffee Company

The quantity, quality, and pricing they offer us make Feed The Soil a wonderful success and we are very happy that Ywaste has been our composting partner since the program's inception. With over 13 tons of compost already generated and another 16 tons in production, I can proudly say that together we bring hope and growth to the farmers we work with.

Danielle Diliberto

Ladles of Love

In February 2011, Ywaste introduced us to the bokashi method and initiated the collection of our food waste. This was mainly in response to our previous waste disposal contractor informing us that they could no longer remove our wet food waste from our premises. Furthermore, the pig farmer could no longer collect food waste that contained protein or had come into contact with humans. The unpleasant odours in the waste room were also a concern, and the implementation of the bokashi process helped to mitigate this issue. 

Chris Van Zyl


We are conscious disruptors of the waste management industry.

Get in touch


Ywaste Compost Plant, Our Farm -ERF 705-6 Vaarkensvlei Rd, Philippi, Cape Town, 7945