Published: Friday, 27th April 2018
A new community fridge, funded by Sainsbury’s Waste less, Save more, has been launched in Thorpe St Andrew as part of the effort to tackle food waste.
Today, Dussindale Community Centre, Broadland District Council and Recycle for Norfolk launched the Dussindale Centre Community Fridge.
Supported by the environmental charity Hubbub UK, the Dussindale Centre Community Fridge is part of Norfolk’s growing network of Community Fridges being set-up in an effort to tackle food waste.
The fridge is located at the Dussindale Community Centre in Thorpe St Andrew and will be open Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm and Saturday 9am-11am to enable residents and businesses to share surplus food for free. Anyone can help themselves to free quality food that would otherwise have been wasted.
D&F McCarthy and Sainsbury’s in Pound Lane are among the first businesses to confirm they will contribute to the scheme, by donating a selection of unsold goods. Dussindale Community Centre is calling on the support of all food businesses in the Thorpe St Andrew area to donate surplus food still within its ‘use by’ date.
Food waste is a big issue in the UK. The average family throws away £700 worth of food every year and at the same time 4 million people in the UK are living in food poverty. Most food waste in the UK (4.1 million tonnes or 61%) is avoidable and could have been eaten had it been better managed.
Russell Day, Chair of Dussindale Park Community Trust, said: “No one likes to see food that can still be eaten going to waste and the community fridge is such a simple way to help prevent this. Despite growing awareness of food waste generally, until now there were not many ways for our local businesses to get food nearing its ‘use by’ date to those who could use it. The Community Fridge is open to all and we hope that local food retailers and residents will make good use of it.”
Broadland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environmental Excellence and Chair of the Norfolk Waste Partnership, Cllr John Fisher, said: “We are delighted to be part of the UK’s growing Community Fridge Network. With more Community Fridges being installed in Norfolk, we now have the largest network of Community Fridges in the UK.”
Otherwise known as ‘Honesty’ Fridges, Community Fridges have been successfully introduced in Spain, Germany and other parts of the UK. Recycle for Norfolk is working to establish a network Community Fridges across Norfolk as part of the eight councils’ effort to prevent food waste.