Post D: Literature Review- Closing the Loop from the beginning and the end

Depending on the organisation or institutions approach, the reduction of organic waste can be seen at various stages and locations within the waste management system. Two very indifferent organisations Closed loop and DoSomething, although they share the same long term goal, they interject at either the end or beginning of the waste management system impacting both locally and nationally.
Closed Loop
Rob Pascoe the Managing director of Closed Loop has formed a community of restaurants and businesses in Melbourne called City Harvest. Their objective is to reduce food waste in landfill by over 90 percent by utilising Closed Loop’s Organic Recycling Units. These units are fully contained onsite, transforming restaurants and businesses food waste into composts, reducing food waste volumes by up to 90 percent in 24hours.
To help these businesses Closed Loop conducts full waste audits and creates a communication plan to help staff and contractors to understand and engage with the program internally. Joost Bakker a designer and restaurateur has two closed loop organic machines installed in his Silo Café and Greenhouse restaurant. The compost that’s produced is collected and delivered to local urban gardens, where the produce created from their compost is then sold back to the participating restaurants and therefore helping their local community.
Cecconi’s Flinders Lane, ClosedLoop, viewed 4th June 2017, <;.
Cocconis Cantia restaurant has also had positive effects from using these units as they have had a huge reduction in waste, having 12 weekly waste pickups three years ago to currently three. Closed Loop hopes that they can increase the scale of their impact nationally, having every restaurant and business in Australia using and managing their own waste locally. (
Food Waste Fast Facts, Do Something, Viewed 4th June 2017, <;.
Comparatively DoSomething chooses to try and manage the organic waste produced before it is even created. Foodwise is DoSomething’s latest campaign to ‘reduce the environmental impact of Australialia’s food consumption’( It is DoSomethings main approach to educate people through their website with hard facts and reasonable lifestyle change suggestions, to improve our own health and the wellbeing of our environment. They have extensive articles on the benefits of choosing seasonal food, changing our standards, growing our own food, composting correctly, food security, meal planning and recipes and a plethora of other engaging topic.
Comparing these two approaches is interesting, especially as they align with our group’s goal to interject at the begging of UTS waste manangement through education and also at the end, as the Closed loop organic recycling units are used at UTS. Conducting this further research via the Closed Loop website gave me a better understanding of the units potential while DoSomething was a fantastic source, for it was found when researching for Data to educate people about organic wastes environmental impact.
Cecconi’s Flinders Lane, Closed Loop,viewed 4th June 2017, <>.
Closed Loop and Cecconi’s Cantina Host City Harvest Launch, Closed Loop, viewed 4th June 2017, <>.
Foodwise,DoSomething, viewed 4th June 2017,<>.
Organic Recycling, Closed Loop, viewed 4th June 2017, <>.

One thought on “Post D: Literature Review- Closing the Loop from the beginning and the end”

  1. Hey Tegan,
    I really enjoyed having an insight into your research and how your group approached the design brief task! It was great to see how you were drawing similarities between the goals of your group and that of Closed Loop. I also found it interesting that you decided to interject the UTS waste system at two points; start and end. This was clever as it allowed you to educate your audience at the beginning and then reinstate your goals at the end of the process!


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