In Australia, 13 million tonnes of organic material are disposed to landfill each year.
When disposed to landfill, organic material decomposes and generates methane, a gas that is at least 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, trapping heat and contributing to climate change.
Since our inception some forty years ago, Van Schaik’s Bio Gro has been a leading innovator, working in partnership with companies and local councils all throughout Australia to achieve optimum recovery of organic material.
This recovered material doesn’t just get dumped somewhere – out of sight, out of mind – to decompose on its own.
We capture the full potential of the resource stream by professionally processing the material into a variety of high quality products, tailored for a wide range of horticultural and agricultural applications.
Bio Gro was originated over four decades ago, by Hans Van Schaik and his wife Marjan Van Schaik, as a small earth moving business operating within the heartland of Australia’s Radiata Pine Plantations, Mount Gambier, South Australia.
Hans had a particular interest in soil management, and noticed that bark and organic materials that were by-products of the local forestry industry were being burnt or destined for landfill, and believed that those organic residues could and should be value-added.
Against popular opinion at the time, Hans went about testing and trialling products derived from these residues, and soon after expanded the company’s operating portfolio to include the development and manufacture of various forms of growing substrates, soil conditioners and mulching mediums.
Today, Bio Gro is still a privately held, family-owned company, and is now widely regarded as a leading innovator within the Australian horticulture and waste management industries.
Hans Van Schaik started experimenting with composting and value-adding materials that remained after harvest and processing by the forest industry within Mount Gambier, South Australia.
Van Schaik’s Organic Soils was founded by Hans & Marjan Van Schaik. The original composting facility was located on a 12 acre site on Wandilo road, South Australia.
Van Schaik’s Organic Soils starts formulating professional growing mediums for the Australian Nursery Production and Wholesale industry.
Van Schaik’s Organic Soils expands with the purchase of the commercial street site in Mount Gambier; there the first packaging plant was established.
Further expansion through securing a 42 Hectare site at Wandilo, South Australia.
Bio Gro was formed; Van Schaik’s Organic Soils remains an operating entity, holding all supply contracts and supplying product to Bio Gro.
Growth continued through the purchase of the Jubilee factory complex, becoming Bio Gro headquarters and modern packaging facility.
Expanded into the Victorian market by acquisition. Bio Gro purchase the Australian Potting Mix Company, Canterbury Road Bayswater, to increase exposure into the potting media market.
Hans Van Schaik wins the World Forestry Day Award. Recognising innovation and outstanding achievements within the forestry industry.
Further growth by acquisition. Bio Gro purchase the Propine Company, and relocate Victorian operations from Canterbury road to Colchester road, Bayswater.
Bio Gro and Van Schaik's Organic Soils merge operations.
Catering to demand, Bio Gro outgrows Bayswater facility and purchases a new site located in Dandenong South, Victoria.
Bio Gro rolls out a refreshed look, along with a website upgrade.
The fact that we are a market leader within the Australian horticulture industry is not by chance.
We know that our customers’ success heavily depends on the reliability of our products. Which is why, just like them, we place the highest possible demands on our products in terms of quality, performance and consistency.
Quality is paramount during all phases of operations. From the selection and treatment of our raw material, to product development and manufacture, nothing is left to chance.
Combined with four decades of accumulated knowledge, our products guarantee a maximum of quality and reliability enabling trouble free cultivation.