Great Yarmouth Community Fridge opens to help tackle food waste
A new community fridge has opened in Great Yarmouth with the aim to save tons of food from being thrown away each year and support a more circular economy which avoids wastage.
The community fridge is located at the new community-operated Sally's Store at Peggotty Road Community Centre, Peggotty Road, Great Yarmouth and will be open Monday to Friday, 10am to 12pm.
Community fridges allow local food and hospitality business and individuals to donate 'in date' items which can then be accessed by their local community for free. This will prevent tons of food from going to waste and is open to anyone to make use of.
Funding for the fridge has come from the Interreg 2Seas FACET project, which is expanding the existing community fridge network within the borough. Hemsby Community Fridge, located at The Barn Room, is due to open later this month and Shrublands Community Fridge in Gorleston has been in place since 2021. All are part of a growing network of Community Fridges across the UK tackling food waste.
Cllr Paul Wells, chairman of the environment committee, said: "These community fridges are a great way to help local businesses and residents prevent costly and unsustainable levels of food waste, which in turn will help the environment."
FACET (Facilitate the Adoption of Circular Entrepreneurship in the Tourism and leisure sector) is an Interreg 2Seas project funded by the European Regional Development Fund and delivered by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Norfolk County Council.