Food waste that is disposed to landfill generates methane, a greenhouse gas far more powerful than carbon dioxide. Not wasting good food and drink would have the same positive environmental impact as taking 1 in 4 cars off UK roads.
Each year, we waste 1.3 gigatons of edible food and this releases 3.3 gigatons of CO2* (without taking into account land use change). This means that 1kg of food waste equals to 2.5 kg of CO2 or 2.53846 kg to be more exact.
We are ‘weigh’ bigger than we ever thought we would be.
Each day our Food Safety Level 2 trained volunteers open the fridge. They weigh in and out the food that would otherwise go to waste.
We have charted the figures for each month since we opened. This is how year two is shaping up so far:
In our first year we grew faster than we could have ever imagined.
Our redistribution figures are increasing and this is all thanks to our volunteers who collect from local stores, farm shops and organisations.
Here is a list of our partners so far:
- Park Farm Butchers
- Co-Op in Cranbrook
- Kings Church Food Bank
- Ringden Farm
- Sandhurst Farm Shop
- Rolvenden Village Stores
- Northiam Primary School Farm
- Reed Wood Farm
- Standen Fruit Farm Orchard
- Stevens Farm
- Hinxden Dairy
- Eggs to Apples
- Wealden Smokery
- Hawkhurst Bread Shed
- Cranbrook Bakery
- Kino Cinema, Hawkhurst
- Nourish Food Bank
We also have a steady flow of contributions from households and allotments.
*Research conducted by the Food & Agriculture Organisaton of the United Nations (FAO) in 2013.