Restaurant Food Waste Management

for restaruants, B&B's, hotels, supermarkets and boarding schools

See a short video presentation of the Mugg and Bean in Lonehill

using the Bokashi composting system

Approved by Joburg Environmental Health Department

Implementing the Bokashi system in your home

See a short video presentation on implementing the bokashi system in your home

as well as how to process the food waste into compost.


Convert ALL your food waste into a rich, organic compost - even cooked foods!


Bokashi Bran is manufactured in Roodepoort, Gauteng using the original EM, from Dr. Terua Higa in Japan, as the active ingredient. Bokashi Bran (Pty) Ltd was established in April 2012 to offer an affordable option for Bokashi composting. The Agricultural Research Council in Pretoria (ARC), have tested Bokashi Bran's results with composting. You can view these results in the Gallery section of this site. The Joburg Environmental Health department has approved the Bokashi system for use in commercial restaurants. Call us to discuss a solution for your restaurant that is good for the environment. 

HOW DOES THE BOKASHI SYSTEM WORK? click on this link to view a short video on how to implement the Bokashi system in your kitchen as well as processing your food waste.

The bokashi bucket is a practical and convenient way for collecting all your food waste. This form of  recycling uses bokashi to create the ideal conditions for airtight (anaerobic) composting. The bokashi bucket and Bokashi Bran eliminate the odours and unpleasantness associated with putrefaction and decay as with traditional composting.
bokashi organic waste
Bokashi digester bucket
You can recycle all food waste in your bokashi bucket including fruit and vegetables, cooked foods, fish and chicken bones, cheese, egg shells, bread, coffee grinds and peels. No excessive oil or liquids should go in the bokashi bucket and no food that has already gone bad, in particular protein. Food that has already gone bad will contaminate the whole bokashi bucket.



Keep a vegetable bowl on your counter when preparing your meals to collect all the peels and left over plate scrapings and food waste. You want to open your bokashi bucket as few times as possible. Keep the food waste bowl on your counter covered in summer when the flies are laying eggs. Failing to do this will lead to magots in your bokashi bin.

bokashi counter bowl


After the meal when you’re ready to clear up, place your food waste from the counter bowl into the bokashi bucket and push it down with a potato masher.

bokashi masher


Sprinkle about a third cup of Bokashi Bran over the food waste. Use a little more bokashi if you have bones to add. Seal your bokashi bucket properly. Your food waste layer can be up to about 7cm.

bokashi half cup sprinkle


Repeat this layering process until the bokashi bucket is full.

1kg of Bokashi should last you for about 2 buckets.

bokash digester full


Tap off the liquid (Bokashi tea) in the bottom of the bokashi bucket when you hear it “sloshing” around as you shake the bokashi bucket. This will only occur during the 2 weeks when the food waste starts fermenting. The amount of tea you get depends on how high the water content in your foods are. In summer we tend to eat higher water-content foods like salads and fruit.

bokashi tea


Once the bokashi bucket is full to capacity, let the food waste continue to ferment for at least 2 weeks OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT.  Start the recycling process again with your second bucket that you got in your starter kit. After your first bokashi bucket has stood for 2 weeks, bury the waste in soil or your compost heap. If you use a composting bin, you must start with soil, add the Bokashi waste and then cover with soil again. You can add garden clippings and grass to the bin as well.

composting bin bury bokashi organic waste

Composting Bin from Builders Warehouse

Bokashi food waste in a trench

As the food waste does not breakdown or decompose while it is in the bokashi bucket, the original physical property will remain and it will have a pickled appearance. Breakdown of waste will occur only after it has been buried in soil or cocooned inside a traditional compost heap. (click here to watch a short video of how to bury the waste and what it turns into after 7 weeks)

Dig a hole or trench at least 30 cm deep (deeper if you have pets. You can also lay some chicken mesh over the area to stop the dogs from digging). Add your Bokashi waste and cover with soil. Within 7 - 10 weeks, depending on how hot it is, it will have turned into rich, fertile composted soil. If you put it inside a compost heap, remember to turn your compost heap every 2 to 3 weeks for quicker results.

bokashi organic compost



Now available at:

4 Seasons Lifestyle Centre. c/o Jordan & vd Westhuizen. Heildelberg.

Blue Magnolia. 3 Muller Street. Graaff-Reinet.

Whole Earth. 2 Sterling Road. Strijdom Park.

Organic Market - Bryanston