CLOe Household Composter

CLOe - saving the planet one meal at a time.  Be part of the change: CLOe units now taking orders!

In 2016, 50 CLOe units were trialled in households across Geelong, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

CLOe, developed by Australian business Closed Loop Recycling, is a compact household food waste composter, which takes food waste (everything but large bones, mollusc shells and cooking oils) and converts up to 4 kilograms per day into nutrient-rich soil improver, while reducing waste volume by 90%.

Closed Loop is now taking orders to increase demand for 10,000 units.  This will help the business case for setting up manufacturing in Australia; preferably in Geelong! If you’d like to stand up and be counted for helping to create jobs in Geelong, pre-order your CLOe unit by visiting the Closed Loop website.

Closely resembling coffee grounds, the end product created by CLOe is dry, easy to store and use, and great for the garden. CLOe also prevents decomposing food waste from producing methane which is 25 times more potent than the carbon pollution emitted from a car exhaust.

CLOe trial achievements

50 CLOe units were trialled in houses across Geelong, and saw an overwhelmingly positive response.

CLOe trial participant comment:

We absolutely love CLOe, a great addition in our lives, and a great way to reduce our impact on the environment.

CLOe saw weekly bin loads reduce by a third, with participants all agreeing CLOe was 'easy' or 'extremely easy' to use, and that smells generated by food waste were significantly reduced. 

Support for the trial

Cleantech Innovations Geelong, a business and industry support program striving to develop markets for clean technologies that are waste, water and energy efficient, supported the household trial of CLOe by subsidising the costs to the 50 residents participating. 

The project has moved into demand stimulation phase.  The aim is to increase demand for 10,000 units, which will assist the business case for shifting the manufacture of the CLOe units from offshore to Australia, preferably to Geelong. 

Clean Technologies are defined as economically viable products, services and processes that harness renewable materials and energy sources, dramatically reduce the use of natural resources and cut or eliminate emissions and wastes.

Cleantech Innovations Geelong is a business and industry support program to develop markets for clean technologies (cleantech).  Our vision is to establish Geelong as a Centre of Excellence for cleantech in Australia, by attracting investment, creating jobs and building skills.  

The program has been operating since 2014, delivering positive economic growth and sustainability outcomes for Greater Geelong.  Funding has been secured to continue providing business support during 2018-2021.

The program is a partnership funded through the Victorian State Government, the Geelong Manufacturing Council and the City of Greater Geelong.  The program is in line with Geelong’s designation as a UNESCO City of Design and the community-led 30 year vision for a clever and creative future. 

Page last updated: Thursday, 28 May 2020