Meet Lucy - she is the future of waste management infrastructure.
Goterra Founder, Olympia Yarger has a saying ‘you need to get a little grubby to be clean’, she says with her tongue pressed firmly in cheek. She founded Goterra to solve the food waste crisis with their modular, autonomous waste management units that use insects to consume food waste, directly where waste is produced, such as the case of Lucy who lives beneath Lendlease in Barangaroo, Sydney.
“We integrate our systems into your existing waste infrastructure with no disruption to your services. Our insect farms convert food waste into sustainable protein and fertiliser. It’s a high value, low impact and organic food source. And puts nutrients back into the food chain at the highest possible point in the waste hierarchy,” explains Olympia.
Using black soldier fly larvae to process food waste is the climate solution we wish we knew about sooner, emissions are 97% lower than landfill and the insects can then become a great source of protein for livestock. I can happily say that from my tiny-backyard black soldier fly larvae experiment at home, those guys love food waste, I mean my worms are great but those hearty little larvae can eat!
Organisations that generate or distribute organic waste. This includes Governments, Waste management providers, food waste creators and multi-asset managers. Currently, Goterra is based in Australia however international expansion is commencing in 2022.
It’s a complete circular solution to food waste. Decentralised waste management that meets the customer where they are and solves the true challenges of waste; difficult streams and transport logistics. World-leading tech that autonomously manages insects to consume waste, converting it into insect protein efficiently and sustainably.
It's also the most sustainable way to manage food waste. Emissions are 97% lower than landfill and one-third of the impact of composting. And the resulting products can be used to replace high-impact alternatives such as meat, soya and fishmeal.
- Team: 40
- Product: Food waste management technology that creates sustainable protein that can be used in agricultural or industrial applications
- Market: $800 bn
- Momentum: Rapid expansion across Australia in 2022
- Impact: 1500kg Co2 eq emissions prevented for every tonne of waste we manage
From The Founders
- Company Name: www.goterra.com.au
- Themes: #Energy #ag #data, #consumer #infrastructure #waste #foodwaste #insectprotein #BSF
- Summary: Goterra are reimagining a future where nature and automation work in tandem to solve complex problems like reducing food waste and securing our food supply chain. We’re creating that future today, with modular, autonomous insect farms converting food waste into sustainable protein and fertiliser.
- Product stage: scale
- Founder: Olympia Yarger
- Capital raising: Series A completed in March 2020. Series B in process
Company mission: Food Waste management for the world. At Goterra, we believe climate change is the crisis of our time. We exist to help solve it.We’re reimagining a future where nature and automation work in tandem to solve complex problems like reducing food waste and securing our food supply chain. We’re creating that future today, with modular, autonomous insect farms converting food waste into sustainable protein and fertiliser.
Why the team wants to solve this problem:
When you manage food waste with technology powered insects you radically reduce the impact it has on the world. Our industrial robotics means we manage waste quickly and sustainably. It’s this kind of transformational innovation that will help us genuinely tackle climate change.
What other climate tech companies we admire: