Food Waste & Food Insecurity in Macedonia

As reported by the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nation, up to 33% of all food is spoiled or waste before it is consumed with over 1 billion people hungry every single day.  At the current rate, food waste generates about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions annually making it the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China & the United States. In the European Union, around 88 million tons of food are wasted annually at costs estimated at $161B.

% of municipal sold waste is bio-waste, the largest waste stream in Macedonia
1-5 people struggle with food insecurity everyday in Macedonia
wasted annually from the disposal of food surplus
Over 64,000 tons of bio-waste is food with between 7 - 10% being fit for human consumption (food surplus) to help feed the most vulnerable people in the country.
64 000 tons of Bio-waste as food10%

Food waste in Macedonia

Today in Macedonia, we landfill 99.4% of the 543,644 tons of mixed municipal waste which is comprised of glasses, plastics, paper, and other types of waste annually. Of the 543,644 tons of mixed municipal waste, 42% (228,330 tons) is bio-waste, the largest waste stream comprised of garden, food, and other biodegradable waste (i.e. food waste).

Landfill of 543,644 tons

How much do we Landfill?

We have over 445,099 citizens (21% of the population) struggling with poverty (earning less than $3,155.04/year for a family of four) and dealing with food insecurity every single day.  Currently, we have 50 public kitchens which provide 1 meal a day a cost of $1.43 to between 3,500 Р4,000 citizens, only a fraction of the population in need, at a tremendous cost $1.7M Р$2M a year due to the food being purchased rather than repurposing the over 5,000 tons of food surplus that is landfilled each year.  

% of population in poverty
public kitchens provide 1 meal a day
tons food surplus that is landfilled

How much we can save?

We will eventually be able to save the country $703,415 -$1M/year from the eliminating waste collection fees by introducing new innovative methods to utilize food waste.

$703,415 -$1M/year