The hamster wheel idea relies on leg power to turn barrels of compost and waste loaded into the Rollie. This helps to aerate the compost and provide ideal conditions for material breakdown.

Studio Periscope say Australians throw away approximately 3.1 billion tonnes of food waste each year. Their design for Rollie works to educate future generations about the value of food and food waste through aerobic ‘hot’ composting.

“We were not fully aware of the benefits of hot composting until we started researching for this project. Once we understood the importance of aeration and achieving 60-65 degree heat, we started looking for a design solution that could make the composting process fun and easy for kids,” said Robert Sim, design director at Studio Periscope.

Both design directors, Robert Sim and Lisa Oaten have young children who love gardening. They’ve seen first-hand how they find it difficult to turn compost due to size and weight.

“There’s no better way for kids to learn about waste than by pitching in. We wanted to find a practical solution that would work for kids while having a little fun with the design, which is important too,” says Sim.

“It would be great to see an education program developed around Rollie, or it could be incorporated into existing school education programs,” Oaten says.

Schools have already shown great interest in Rollie and a willingness to assist with testing once a working prototype is designed, developed and ready to try out.

The Tertiary Student award for the Waste Challenge also went to an industrial designer, Maddison Ryder from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology for Lettuce Eat, a series of single-use biodegradable plates make from dehydrated waste lettuce leaves.

The Secondary and Primary school prize went to the Mill Park Library Makers Club, a group of twelve students with an idea for a Robot Walking School Bus. The idea is based around a robot designed to pick up students from their homes and take them to school, as well as carrying organic waste that the children bring out from their homes. The project aims to use the Robot Walking School Bus to help better manage waste around schools, in our homes and in the local community by encouraging students to walk to school and pick up litter along the way.

Designers and students presented their ideas in a live pitch event at the Victorian Design Challenge at the National Gallery of Victoria. Studio Periscope were awarded $15000 to fund development of Rollie. Industrial design student, Maddison Ryder received $5000 plus mentoring and support services, and the Mill Park Library Makers Club won a one-day tailored learning package from the NGV for up to fifty students.

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