Circular processes In the densely populated city
With this initiative, Mejlgade Lab aims to establish a “circular green house” as well as a physical food loop for the purposes of education and demonstration, called “cirkularium”. In its first phase this food loop will recycle organic waste from restaurants as well as coffee grounds for composting and will then grow new locally produced food in the Latin Quarter in the centre of Aarhus.
The Cirkularium will be a learning platform for circular processes that will inspire and involve regular citizens as well as businesses, students, pupils from kindergarten, primary school and secondary school etc. in order to redefine the concept of waste so that it is instead viewed as a resource. Through testing and urban farming experiments this i itiative aims to establish a series of interdependent hyper-local “loops” as an example of how one can reuse rainwater and kitchen waste in a compact growing setup and produce locally-grown food as well as developing green business models.
Food Loop – Bio Loop
it is Food Loop’s not-too-distant ambition to develop a new project called “Bio Loop” wherea more intensive focus will be put on collecting
organic waste from as many restaurants and households in the Latin Quarter as possible. The idea is to collect the food waste from the
local area using a hybrid electric bin lorry and transporting it to a composting facility (possibly at Aarhus harbour) and then offer the resulting compost to local farmers to improve their soil.
Aarhus’ Latin Quarter is the optimal location for the Food Loop’s pilot project’s collection of organic waste due to the high concentration of restaurants and cafes in the area and the strong sense of connection and community present.