CLOey Household Composter

CLOey - saving the planet one meal at a time. 

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 percent.

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, was a business and industry support program striving to develop markets for clean technologies that are waste, water and energy efficient.  Cleantech Innovations Geelong subsidised the costs to trial 50 CLOey units in Geelong households. 

The business support for clean economy innovations is now provided by City of Greater Geelong. In the past the program was delivered through a partnership funded through the Victorian State Government, the City of Greater Geelong and the Geelong Manufacturing Council.  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.  

You'll find more information about the CLOey units by visiting the Closed Loop website.   

The clean economy encompasses initiatives, practices and products which address climate change mitigation and adaptation, encourage renewables, and compliment the transition to a circular economy.

The City provides a business and industry support program to develop markets for clean economy solutions.  Our vision is to establish Geelong as a Centre of Excellence for the clean economy in Australia, by attracting investment, creating jobs and building skills.  


Page last updated: Thursday, 1 February 2024