To reduce food waste by making surplus food freely available to all residents of the town.
The average household throws away £470 worth of food a year.
Most food waste in the UK (4.1 million tonnes) is avoidable and could have been eaten if it had been better managed.
Every tonne of food waste ending in landfill produces approximately 4.2 tonnes of greenhouse gases -- if it were a country, food waste would be the third highest emitter of greenhouse gases behind the USA and China!
A Community Fridge in Ashburton
Community Fridges are one tried and tested way of stopping good food ending up in the bin. They reduce food waste by making surplus food freely available to all residents of the town.
The food is collected by volunteers from supermarkets, shops, wholesalers and growers, and placed in the fridge for anyone to take.
Members of the public are also able to donate surplus food. We do not take meat, fish, baby products or home-cooked food, nor any packaged food that has been opened or is past its “Use By” date.
Come and use the fridge - its for everyone
The fridge is open 24/7 and is located behind the Town Hall, opposite the entrance to the Information Centre.
Please support our health and hygiene measures by following the usage guidelines, and keeping socially distanced during your visit.
Encourage everyone you know to make use of the fridge – you are doing us a favour by taking and eating food that would otherwise have gone into landfill!
Visit our Facebook page to find out more about what is in the fridge. It is updated regularly to reflect what has been delivered.
As social distancing rules are relaxed, we hope to start running events which focus on making use of surplus food – tasty and interesting things to do with a glut of courgettes, apples or ripe bananas, for example.
Special thanks for their help with this project
Ashburton Town Council
Don Distin, electrician
James Brealey, builder
Mr. Pickles’ Fund
Ashburton Town Lottery Fund
Local Giving Magic Little Grants
All our volunteers
If you would like to volunteer with the Community Fridge, or have any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Suppliers: Coop, Tesco, Morrison’s, Asda, Bookers ; Food in Community in Dartington and Devon and Cornwall Food Action
Donations: From local businesses and organisations (e.g. Voyager Coffee, the Postal Pantry, Growing Space) and individuals own produce.
Statistics: Some 200kg /week, or 10 tonnes/ year.