We are always looking for the latest news in the world of waste and recycling – and we saw a very interesting story about an Aussie startup in the world of food waste recycling.

 

Food waste ending up in landfill is probably one of the most annoying aspects of Australian waste management. There are viable options available to keep it out of landfill – which we will briefly cover below – and it is great to see new options come on stream also.

 

A bit about Waster.com.au

 

Waster is an Australian waste and recycling business with real differences.

 

Waster helps small companies keep their waste bills as low as possible by boosting recycling and cutting out hidden costs such as site fees, surcharges etc.

 

You can arrange all your waste services – including organic waste bins (for food waste recycling) here:

 

Enter an Aussie startup in food waste recycling!

 

As so often is the case – a new technology arises to solve a long running problem. It is great to see Australian based startups (like Waster of course) seeking to tackle sticky environmental issues like food waste recycling.

 

We have covered ideas such as composting and generating electricity from organic waste through biogas. Today – we look at maggots transforming food waste into animal feed!

 

Food waste recycling innovation

 

The ABC reports that Canberra, ACT based startup GoTerra “is experimenting with the idea of using insects to solve such waste problems and expects to process 200 tonnes of waste this year, turning it into chicken food.”

 

“The company cultivates the larvae of the black soldier fly, raising them on waste streams.”

 

“Ms Yarger said the larvae can process grape marc (what is left over from the grapes after pressing), pumpkins and unsold food from the retail sector and do it in a surprisingly clean way.”

 

This approach is like the biogas industry – that sees organic waste as a valuable resource – not waste like it has traditionally been seen as.

 

Conclusion:

 

Whilst this development is still on a relevantly small scale – it is gearing up.

 

The business points out that there have been impediments to the business growth in Australia – such as quarantine restrictions on importation of live insects.

 

There have been numerous projects internationally looking at similar technology that have raised millions of dollars in funding.

 

I think it is a very interesting development – and one that will lead us to a truly circular economy where the concept of waste disappears.