Carbon is the basis of all life on Earth, and when organic carbon is added to soil, it naturally promotes healthy plant growth. One Western-Australia based compost specialist has teamed up with Volvo Construction Equipment to give Mother Nature a helping hand.
C-Wise, an end-to-end provider of waste management and soil improvement solutions, is doing its part to manage the Earth’s resources intelligently. This means helping its customers to benefit from replenishing organic carbon into depleted soils — promoting healthy, sustainable plant growth. After 16 years, founding partners Andy Gulliver and Dave Cullen, still proudly lead the company, recently rebranded as C-Wise from the former name, Custom Composts.
The company, based in Nambeelup, Western Australia, operates three distinct categories: C-Renewal, the arm of the business dedicated to organic waste management; C-Life, the production of humus rich composts and mulches; and C-Balance, producing carbon-rich soil and plant growth treatments for sustainable farming. Cullen says: “We have come a long way since 1996 when we started out with just five people – we’re now 25 and growing. But our vision of improving the way food is grown has remained the same.”
C-Wise’s philosophy of promoting sustainable farming methods using carbon-balanced soil is based on years of research and development by its in-house chemists, soil and waste specialists – even a zoologist. The company works with contractors that have similar values to its own — and that makes Volvo Construction Equipment a perfect match.
The company’s growing fleet now includes four L90F wheel loaders, fitted with Volvo Genuine buckets. They are used to shift waste from the food and agricultural industries, pig and chicken manure and materials from the forestry and mining sectors, and prepare the materials in piles for the composting process to begin. The wheel loaders are integral for the management of the compost process and are occupied up to 12 hours a day, six days a week.
The operators’ choice
Clint Liddelow, production manager at C-Wise, says: “When our operators are working 12-hour shifts in the machines, we want to make sure they’re comfortable. They really like the Volvo machines over any other brand.
Some even joke that they feel like they’re cheating us because after their shift they feel like they’ve only done three quarters of the time, thanks to the comfort drive control (CDC) steering, low interior sound level and comfortable cabin, which make handling the machines easy.”