The Technical University of Moldova, in partnership with the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine “Ion Ionescu de la Brad” in Iasi, realizes the cross-border project IntelWastes – INTELLIGENT VALORIZATION OF INDUSTRIAL AGRO-FOOD WASTE, funded by the European Union, Joint Operational Program Romania – Republic of Moldova -2020. Project development period (18 months): September 2020 – February 2022. The project is carried out with the involvement of companies in the agro-food sector. The EMS ENI number of the project is 2SOFT / 1.2 / 83.
Between November 2020 and May 2021 a questionnaire was developed in order to capitalize on the situation in the field of agro-food waste processing and a survey was carried out among agro-food enterprises in the Republic of Moldova and Romania. Among the 12 key questions we can mention: whether there is interest from enterprises in the separation of waste; if there is waste management within the company; if the waste costs are recorded; whether enterprises need support in the given direction, etc.
During the survey reference period, 30 enterprises participated: 25 companies from the Republic of Moldova and 5 companies from Romania. Of the total number of enterprises surveyed, 21 are in the field of winemaking, 7 in the field of fruit and vegetable processing and 2 in another agro-food sector.
The importance of developing the understanding recovery of waste in the agro-food sector was supported by 21 companies, who responded that they would need such support in this direction.
The IntelWastes project database can be accessed at the following link: https://intelwastes.utm.md/database/