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Date published: 9th November 2017

North Norfolk’s first ‘Community Fridge’ was opened for business today.

The fridge is at First Focus in Oak Street, Fakenham.

Supported by a host of organisations including North Norfolk District Council, Recycle for Norfolk, the environmental charity Hubbub UK and Sainsbury’s plc, the Fakenham Community Fridge is part of a growing effort to tackle food waste.

The fridge will be open four half days in the week 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.

First Focus is calling on the support of all food businesses in Fakenham to donate surplus food still within its ‘use by’ date in to the Community Fridge where local people can help themselves to good quality free food.

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.

North Norfolk’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Annie Claussen-Reynolds (pictured) said: “No one likes to see edible food go to waste and this is such a simple idea to prevent it. Despite growing awareness of food waste generally, there aren’t that many ways for businesses to get food nearing its ‘use by’ date to others until now. The Community Fridge is an open access fridge which we hope local food retailers and residents will embrace by making good use of it.”

The Chair of the Norfolk Waste Partnership, Cllr John Fisher, commented: “We are delighted to be part of the UK’s growing Community Fridge Network. With ultimately seven Community Fridges being installed in Norfolk, we will have the largest network of Community Fridges outside of London.”

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 total of seven Community Fridges across Norfolk as part of its Waste less Save more Discovery Community project working with Sainsbury’s.

The fridge is part of the wider project to raise awareness of food waste known as the Fakenham Discovery Community. There was a display in Fakenham market place today to highlight the issue of food waste and how to prevent it. Fakenham is one of seven new Sainsbury’s Discovery Communities being set-up in Norfolk by the Norfolk Waste Partnership under the banner of Recycle for Norfolk.

Further details about the Community Fridge and everything planned in the Fakenham Discovery Community can be found at or via Twitter and Facebook: @PlanEatSave @Recycle4Norfolk


Last updated: 17th November 2017