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Hubbub & Sainsburys’ 1st Northern Ireland Community Fridge in Cloughmills

Northern Ireland is about to get its first ever community fridge, courtesy of Hubbub. The national charity, which creates environmental campaigns with a difference, has teamed with Sainsburys and Bosch. The trio will be launching five community fridges in the next month.

What Are Community Fridges?

Community Fridges are an easy way of enabling communities to share good food that would otherwise go to waste. Appliances will be centrally located and will offer leftover food from local stores and shops, which would usually be marked for destruction. It is hoped that the move will reduce commercial food waste and also help those who need it most.

Where Will The Community Fridges Be?

The Community Fridge Network have revealed that they will be installing three fridges in London, one in Milton Keynes and one in Northern Ireland as part of this new initiative. Within the next year, it is hoped that the partners can oversee installation of more than 500 appliances.

The first community fridge in NI will open on Thursday 10th August and will be located at The Old Mill on Cloughmills’ Main Street. Cloughmills Community Action Group has called on local shops, supermarkets and restaurants to share their surplus, in date, food through the new installation.

A recent trial in Swadlincote saw over 900 food items redistributed and more than 500kg of food being saved every month.

Hubbub co-founder Trewin Restorick said in a statement. “It’s great to see healthy perishable food going to those who need it most and we would love to hear from other communities who might be interested in joining us.”

Community fridge

Other Food Waste Initiatives

We recently revealed a food waste initiative of our own. ISL Waste Management works with SOS NI to redistribute food from local supermarkets, restaurants and shops. We have successfully diverted more than £500,000 of produce to charities and food banks in the last twelve months.

If you would like to get involved in our programme, we can help you save costs, while also saving the world. We also offer a free consultation. Just drop us a line.