A PROJECT FOR RESCUE OF PRODUCTS WITH AN IMPENDING EXPIRING SHELF LIFE STARTED IN RUSSIA

TIARCENTER, with the support of RAEC, launched the 1 MLN TONS project, the purpose of which is to develop food sharing in Russia and increase the volume of saved food with an expiring shelf life of up to 1 million tons per year. To date, this rate is about 7 thousand tons.

Project 1 MLN TONS is a platform that combines information on existing food-sharing services and NGOs working in the field of food rescue. On the platform, everyone who wants to give or receive food can find the most convenient service for him. The project also aggregates news and analytics on food sharing and food rescue with a suitable shelf life.

“The objective of the 1 MLN TONS project is to popularize the model of responsible consumption in Russia,” says Anton Gubnitsyn, CEO of TIARCENTER. “This is one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We also want to contribute to the goal of ending hunger. Climate change is another important aspect. After all, landfill gas is the result of the decomposition of food waste and other organics. Considering that today food waste makes up almost 30% of MSW, emissions are very significant”.

According to TIARCENTER, the annual amount of food waste generated in Russia at the level of retail trade and households is at least 17 million tons. Such a volume not only causes significant harm to the environment, being a source of 2.4 million tons of methane and other gases, but also causes huge financial losses. The market value of products thrown away per year is estimated at more than 1.6 trillion rubles. Such a volume of products would be enough to provide food for about 30 million people during the year — more than the number of Russians living below the poverty line (about 20 million people).