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Date published: 21st August 2019

On Thursday September 19 North Norfolk District Council will officially launch the new ‘Community Fridge’ in North Walsham, with the support of environmental charity Hubbub UK in a growing effort to tackle food waste.

 The fridge will be open on weekdays to enable residents and businesses to share surplus food and for anyone to help themselves to quality food that would otherwise be wasted.

North Norfolk District Council is calling all local food businesses/allotment holders in North Walsham and surrounding areas to donate surplus food from September 19 onwards.

Food waste is a big concern in the UK. The average household 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 is avoidable if managed appropriately.

 Cllr Nigel Lloyd, North Norfolk District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “NNDC fully support community minded groups of people who wish to set up community fridges in their towns and villages within North Norfolk. Following on from the successful Fakenham community fridge which has been operational for several years, it is hoped that the North Walsham scheme will replicate their success. Community fridges help to minimise food waste and therefore reduce waste to landfill. People can come to the fridge and take the food away to be used at home to avoid it being wasted. It’s a win-win situation”

The fridge will host two soft launches on Thursday August 22 and August 29 where volunteers will be holding a stall at North Walsham market promoting the fridge and how people can get involved. It will then be open Monday to Friday 10:00-14:00 and is located in Cafe Kitale, St Nicholas Road.

The fridge is one of a growing number opening up across the UK. The concept first arrived in the UK in 2016 with Community Fridges opening up in Swadlincote, Frome and London. Now, over 50 projects are running across the country.

To find out more about the North Walsham Fridge, to donate or volunteer visit their Facebook page or email

More information on The Community Fridge Network, including a map of fridge locations and advice for those interested in setting up a community fridge can be found at

Last updated: 21st August 2019