06/04/18: Community fridge opens in Dereham

16 April 2018

A new community fridge has been installed at Green Pastures bookshop on Dereham High Street, as part of a Breckland Council district-wide initiative to tackle food waste. This builds on the continuing success of fridges installed in Watton, Thetford and Swaffham over the last five months.

Community fridges work by providing a convenient venue where local businesses can donate food that is past its sell-by date, but within its use-by date, for use by local residents, for free.

In its first three months Breckland's first fridge, installed in Wayland House in Watton, collected and distributed around 650kg of food and, in their first two months of operation, the fridges in Thetford and Swaffham have ensured that a further 600kg of food that would have been wasted was put to good use by local people.

Cllr Paul Claussen, Breckland Council Executive Member for Place explained: "Community fridges are for use by everyone. Whether you've forgotten to bring your lunch to work or perhaps just want to drop in to see if there is anything you could use towards an evening meal, everything in the fridges is there to be used - for free. No one likes to see good food go to waste so, whether you are a local food retailer or someone who could make use of donations, please take advantage of this new community fridge and help reduce food waste."

An officer from the Council's Food Safety team is providing training for all those working with the Breckland fridges, to ensure their food safety knowledge is up to date.

The new Dereham fridge can be used during the shop opening hours of Monday - Friday 9:30am - 4pm, and Saturday 10:00am - 4pm.

The Council is now looking to install a community fridge in Attleborough and is asking local organisations who could host a fridge to get in touch. Suitable venues should be wheelchair accessible and in a central location. If you can help call Steve Hitchman on 01362 656870 or email steve.hitchman@breckland.gov.uk.