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Inspiring Conversations with Christopher Dipnarine of 4MYCITY INC

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Dipnarine.

Hi Christopher, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
As humans, we naturally generate waste, and it’s causing problems all over the globe. Examples; include the tons of plastic in oceans, used tires in landfills, mountains of retired computer parts, and even crazy amounts of old clothing. While those are examples of waste, another one has been devastating communities for even longer—food waste. With people starving all over the world, one of the biggest forms of waste is the improper care of fresh fruits and vegetables, resulting in tons of healthy foods being tossed in the bin every year. This is where I got my idea, and 4MyCity Inc was born. In October 2018, 4MyCity, a 4 Phase Environmental Sustainability program that I knew would change lives and better the planet.

The idea behind 4MyCity stemmed from the need for a system that promotes the diversion of potentially wasted food instead of simply throwing it in the trash. I got to work visualizing my plan, and after a couple of months of research, I learned that just feeding people wasn’t the only impact wasted food was having on communities. By digging a little deeper into the problem, it became clear that it was also very harmful to the environment to just chuck it away in landfills, which is typically the case for most cities. By focusing on healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, it became clear that there was a growing concern regarding food security within a large number of communities. These issues led to the creation of my 4Phase Sustainability Plan. This plan would prevent food from spoiling by effectively recycling it at certain stages of its life cycle. The program aims to educate retailers and distributors on how to effectively take control of inventory management, especially in cases where food may be destined to hit the trash. This would allow for it to be diverted to families facing hunger. But that still leaves the issue of environmental harm that the improper disposal of food causes to our climate.

I rallied my team, and we shifted our focus to engineering and developing a machine that converts all food waste, including biodegradable products, into a usable soil amendment (compost) within a 24hr cycle. Can use this compost to replenish missing nutrients in the soil, allowing fresh fruits and vegetables to be regrown within the communities that benefit from the program. Our team had also developed a line of biodegradable products designed to utilize food waste, mainly from sugarcane Baggas.

So far, we have distributed well over 135 million pounds of food, which effectively translates to over 112 million meals to families facing hunger. In addition, over 15 million pounds of organic waste has been diverted from hitting the landfills and making it to compost sites. The sheer amount of environmental benefits this creates is quite staggering, equaling to approximately taking 17114 off the roads or removing around 6606 metric tons of harmful co2e from the air.

What is even more astonishing is how we achieved this with no more than minimal staff and a massive volunteer base. The entire project stemmed from the desire to make a change one man had back in October 2018. Within just 3 years, that team had grown to 5 people dedicated to making a difference by put food on the tables for starving families while cutting back on harmful food pollution. This can be credited to the amazing leadership and supportive communities that invited the program to be part of their lives. All thanks to the dream of distributing tons of healthy, sustainable food primarily with the help of dedicated volunteers is a tremendous achievement. It shows that we can develop this program to do much more with the right support. It’s easy to see how a system like 4MyCity can be successful anywhere in the world.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There have been many challenges along the way. Primarily those that didn’t believe in us and the capabilities of our program. The major challenge is funding. Very few funding opportunities are awarded to us because of how our operations are executed.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
At 4MyCiTy, our focus is on the importance of environmental sustainability, primarily the sustainable food management of food waste. We developed our project to operate around four primary phases that successfully create a zero waste to zero hunger initiative. Effectively our program is fighting toward ending hunger while advancing strategies focused on protecting our planet against the negative effects caused by organic waste. Since its incorporation in October of 2018, 4MyCiTy has distributed over 135 Million pounds of food to families facing hunger, with an estimated 112 Million meals served.

Phase 1 – Source Reduction: Focuses on Reducing food wastage from the Wholesale and Retail distribution industry.
Phase 2 – Feed the Hungry: Focuses on Eliminating hunger within our communities through effectively rescued food distributions.
Phase 3 – Industrial/commercial use: Focuses on creating bio-degradable products or renewable energy through the utilization of food waste.
Phase 4 – Composting: Focuses on reducing the harmful effects of organic waste on our environment through our advanced composting technologies.

A key component of our initiative is the educational importance of reducing food waste at various stages, focusing on addressing hunger and the negative effects potential organic waste has on our environment when it reaches landfills and incinerators.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role you feel it’s played for you.
I don’t consider myself lucky or believe in luck. I believe that hard work and preparation help us take control of the opportunities that present themselves along our journey.

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