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Moulinot: Close the cycle of food waste in Paris restaurants

. In terms of waste management, Paris is one of the worst performing cities in Europe. Low source separation rate, insufficient incentives, and many incinerators and landfills.

As elsewhere, organic waste accounts for more than 1/3 of capital waste. Finding a way to collect it separately from the family is a question that NGOs have been asking for a long time.

The same story applies to restaurants and hotels. When will Paris collect food waste from restaurants separately? Well, it looks like it's starting to happen! A citizen-led initiative points the way forward for organic waste management in Paris.

Stephan Martinez, owner of le Petit Choiseuil Bistrot, was one of the first restaurants in Paris to be responsible for the organic waste it generates, and started composting food waste with worms before anyone else cared about it. In fact, Stephen is tired of seeing how these precious nutrients are burned in the incinerator instead of being sent back to the soil that desperately needs them.

This is why he decided to take the initiative. After obtaining approval from local authorities and departments, he set up a company to collect organic waste from restaurants and produce biogas before returning the organic matter to the soil.

The company is called Moulinot Compost & Biogas, and in February this year it started collecting bio-waste from 80 restaurants in Paris. Moulinot has been collecting this organic waste with great success. The purpose of this action is to determine the key to the successful collection of food waste in large cities.

Overseas cities such as San Francisco have already collected organic waste from restaurants, and other cities such as New York are about to start. In Europe, many cities and towns have done this, the most successful of which occurred in Milan, where organic waste from restaurants and households is collected door-to-door in high purity.

Although it has been behind for some time, waste management in Île-de-France will undergo many changes in the next few years. National laws stipulate that "large biological waste producers" should recycle these wastes and turn them into resources. In this way, the French capital will discover the potential of this new market, which will create new jobs, save costs, bring nutrients back to the soil and reduce emissions.

In fact, Moulinot Compost et biogas has been able to develop an alternative in Paris, thanks to the fact that it is cheaper to collect organic waste and use it to produce biogas, which has market value instead of collecting all mixed waste, which is a net cost.

Stephan Martinez’s initiative demonstrates how a zero waste solution works; a lot of social innovation and the right technologies are needed to help close the cycle of organic waste and stop sending waste to landfills and incinerators.

A lot of social innovation and some correct technologies are needed to help close the cycle of organic waste.

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