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Thu Aug 13, 2015, 02:01 PM

 

Spain's solidarity refrigerator reduces waste - people deposit food, people take. it's working

To cut food waste, Spain's Solidarity Fridge supplies endless leftovers



Deliveries like Eguileor's arrive several times per day at the Solidarity Fridge, a pioneering project in the Basque town of Galdakao, population about 30,000. The goal is to avoid wasting perfectly good food and groceries. In April, the town established Spain's first communal refrigerator. It sits on a city sidewalk, with a tidy little fence around it, so that no one mistakes it for an abandoned appliance. Anyone can deposit food inside or help themselves.


This crusade against throwing away leftovers is the brainchild of Alvaro Saiz, who used to run a food bank for the poor in Galdakao.

"The idea for a Solidarity Fridge started with the economic crisis these images of people searching dumpsters for food the indignity of it. That's what got me thinking about how much food we waste," Saiz told NPR over Skype from Mongolia, where he's moved onto his next project, living in a yurt and building a hospital for handicapped children.

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There are rules: no raw meat, fish or eggs. Homemade food must be labeled with a date and thrown out after four days. But Javier Goikoetxea, one of the volunteers who cleans out the fridge, says nothing lasts that long.

"Restaurants drop off their leftover tapas at night and they're gone by next morning," he says. "We even have grannies who cook especially for this fridge. And after weekend barbecues, you'll find it stocked with ribs and sausage."

When NPR visited on Monday, the fridge was filled with fresh vegetables tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini from a local community garden, along with unopened cartons of milk and jars of lentils and baby food. There were also pintxos Basque tapas wrapped in plastic and labeled with the date, from a local bar.
http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/13/npr-spain-leftovers

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Reply Spain's solidarity refrigerator reduces waste - people deposit food, people take. it's working (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 OP
msongs Aug 2015 #1
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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 02:26 PM

1. wait til the first lawsuit from a person who claims to be made sick from the food. no good deed goes

unpunished. oh wait, that's spain, not the USA

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 02:31 PM

2. Ha! Beat me to it!

 

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 07:11 PM

3. This would never work in the USA. Glad it's working for them.

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 07:14 PM

4. Food poisoning...thanks Obama.

I can see the headlines now. Stolen refrigerators and rampant food poisoning. Too bad, seems like a great idea.

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