Industrialising a natural process to yield safe, valuable products, enabling improved sanitation and reduced pollution

​The BioCycle is a sustainable business, developing commercially viable and scalable processes for the bio-conversion of human faecal waste into valuable products, using Agriprotein’s Black Soldier Fly (BSF) larvae processing technology.

It is the first venture to emerge from the overall Sanitation Ventures Program, supported by a grant to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We are in the process of developing a unique BSF production technology that will allow entrepreneurs throughout the world to generate revenue from waste through its conversion into high value larval products including animal feed and biodiesel.

The monetisation of human and municipal waste streams will have a major impact in improving sanitation services in developing countries and increase food security through closed loop nutrient recycling. In developed countries, nutrient recycling rather than landfill programmes reduce overall environmental impact.

Our research is developed in partnership with the world-class experimental agricultural facilities of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Our first community based production site was established at the informal settlement of Klipheuwel.

In collaboration with Ethekwini Water and Sanitation we run a commercial scale pilot plant with the capacity to process 30 tonnes of Urine Diversion Toilet resources per day. Here we are proving the scaled model and building the business case to support our global growth.

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Generating value from waste