In best practices: Rungis Market Pioneers Sustainable Waste Management with Electromechanical Composter 

June 10, 2023

We are delighted to share some fantastic news and an excellent example of best practices in the food industry. On April 4, 2023, the International Market of Rungis inaugurated its groundbreaking electromechanical composter—a remarkable milestone in the network of French MINs (Marché d’Intérêt National). This achievement results from a unique collaboration between the National Association for the Development of Solidarity Grocery Stores, start-up Upcycle, and the Rungis Market. Thanks to the unwavering commitment of these three entities, a new waste recovery channel has been established at Rungis. The composter, entirely made in France, transforms all food waste into fresh compost within 15 days. The resulting compost meets the NFU-44 051 standard, making it highly valuable for organic agriculture.   


In addition, we are thrilled to note the extensive media coverage this event has garnered, including prominent features in major French newspapers such as Le Parisien, inter alia. The widespread attention highlights the significance and recognition of the Rungis Market’s electromechanical composter initiative, further emphasizing its impact on sustainable waste management.  


The initiative addresses critical sustainability concerns by reducing the carbon footprint and tackling food waste issues. Previously, the ANDES association collected unsold fruits and vegetables given by wholesalers at Rungis since 2008. However, a significant portion of this produce, often due to degraded quality, could not be redistributed and was sent for external methanization.   


To overcome this challenge, SEMMARIS, the management authority of the Rungis Market, partnered with Upcycle, an expert in electromechanical composting, to develop a tailored solution; DEXXXX.  


Following successful testing over several months, the composter can now process 330kg/day of food waste. Mr Stéphane Layani, President of the International Market of Rungis and our beloved Chairman, emphasized the market’s commitment to becoming an exemplary actor in biowaste management and achieving a 30% reduction in carbon footprint by 2030. The composter plays a pivotal role in attaining this ambitious goal. An innovative shredder capable of processing crates and cardboard has been integrated to enhance the composting process further. Combining these materials with food waste creates ideal conditions for composting.   


The impact of this project extends beyond waste management. The compost produced is used on the agricultural land of Plaine de Montjean (Rungis), benefiting practical training for future farm managers administered by the CFPPA of the Rungis Academy. The project’s virtuous circle approach significantly impacts reducing the carbon footprint.  


At WUWM, we wholeheartedly embrace initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint and commend projects that effectively combat food waste. We encourage all our members to explore similar sustainable waste management and reduction avenues.  


Together, let us continue to prioritize sustainability, foster innovation, and drive positive change in the wholesale market industry.  


If you want to learn more about this project, we invite you to look at the following video that you can find here.   

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