Project Black Gold
Community food scrap composting

Part of the Foodscape Collective ecosystem

For centuries, farmers and gardeners around the world have been making compost to enrich their soil. Compost was so precious that it was known as black gold.

At Project Black Gold, we believe this age-old regenerative practice has a place in hyper-urban Singapore. Especially now, with increasing awareness of climate change, food security, and food waste, more people are seeking impactful solutions that they can apply in their daily lives.

Compost making is one of the rare ways in which Singapore can absolutely take control of, and directly benefit from, a highly sustainable recycling process.

Nothing is sent overseas to be dealt with. We can be 100% self-sufficient in turning “waste products” (rich resources, really) from our daily environment into useful bio amendments to improve our lifeless heavy soils.

Compost-making also gives individuals and communities a vehicle through which they can connect with each other and take meaningful climate action together, right in their neighbourhoods. For a City in Nature with thousands of edible community gardens, isn’t this a dream solution? We think so!

Aerobic thermal composting - A method that works for communities composting food scraps

"Compost-making is one of the rare ways in which Singapore can absolutely take control of, and directly benefit from, a highly sustainable close-loop recycling and regenerative process."


Community food scrap composting

There are many ways to make compost, and our favourite way at Project Black Gold is community food scrap composting. We love how it brings many elements we care about into a single act:

  1. Community: Building community by bringing groups of people together to make composts.
  2. Close-loop nutrient cycling: Rescuing precious resources that are destined for the incinerators, and using them to make composts. (e.g. food scraps, garden prunings, sawdust, fallen leaves, twigs and cut grass)
  3. Well-nourished soil: Regenerating soil by feeding it with well-made composts rich in organic matter and beneficial aerobic microorganisms. Well-nourished soil makes it easier to grow food, especially nutrient-dense food.
  4. Carbon draw down: Empowering soil to get better at drawing down and storing atmospheric carbon because of the greater presence of beneficial aerobic microorganisms.
  5. No need to buy soil: Reducing the reliance on the environmentally damaging and financially unsustainable act of importing soil from countries in the region.

Compost makers - The satisfaction and WHY

Bukit Gombak
Jul 20 - May 21


Jurong Lake Gardens
Nov 20 - May 21


Our community compost makers, in their own words

  • Carolin, Bukit Gombak community

    We spent an interesting and fun morning with Chingwei who already taught us so much in this first session. Can't wait for more to come and to see our foodscraps and garden waste turn into black gold.

  • Ling Shin, JLG community

    The differentiation between compost, soil, fertiliser and rot (has) really cleared my misconception on compost

  • Anuradha, Bukit Gombak community

    We are going well in our Project Black Gold (journey) and getting very promising results. It's totally another experience to do this level of composting from our weekly kitchen waste. Everyday we are thinking what can be composted and not thrown in rubbish chute...It's so fun and SATISFYING when you see those fruits of your hard labour.

  • Mango, JLG community

    Community composting is very meaningful as it draws the community together while reducing food waste.