In 2016, 50 CLOey (Household Composter ) units were trialled in households across Geelong, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.
CLOey, 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%.
Closely resembling coffee grounds, the end product created by CLOey is dry, easy to store and use, and great for the garden. CLOey also prevents decomposing food waste from producing methane which is 25 times more potent than the carbon pollution emitted from a car exhaust.
CLOey trial achievements
50 CLOey units were trialled in houses across Geelong, and saw an overwhelmingly positive response.
CLOey trial participant comment:
We absolutely love CLOey, a great addition in our lives, and a great way to reduce our impact on the environment.
CLOey saw weekly bin loads reduce by a third, with participants all agreeing CLOey 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 CLOey by subsidising the costs to the 50 residents participating.
You'll find more information about the CLOey units by visiting the Closed Loop website.
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.