Australia-based Goterra, a decentralized biotech waste management service, has created automated capsules that turn food waste into animal feed and fertilizer using maggots.
With clients like restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and hospitals, Goterra has been managing ten tons of food waste per week and expects to reach 45,000 tons by 2021.
How does it work? The maggot-based decomposition is automated in self-contained capsules. Users pour in the food waste and the capsule does the rest. Then the machine moves the waste to process it to a robotic system where the insects are moved to the feeding station. The maggots create a high-quality soil fertilizer and during the process they also become a protein-rich animal feed.
With 1.3 billion tons of food produced for human consumption going to waste, releasing approximately 3.3 billion tons of CO2 equivalent as it decomposes in landfills – the beauty of Goterra’s process is it prevents the gases from being released.
Goterra’s vision is to have its high-tech food waste management capsules installed across the globe to help reduce climate change.