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Communal fridges cutting food waste

Galdakao businesses and residents are sharing leftovers and decreasing food waste in Spain with the help of a fridge

Vegetables in a refrigerator
Vegetables in a refrigerator

A small town in the Basque region of Spain has found an unorthodox way to do its part in curbing the EU's 100 million tonnes of food waste – a solidarity fridge. Restaurants and citizens from Galdakao can place their leftovers in the fridge and anybody passing by can help himself to the food.

Galdakao, northern Spain
Galdakao, northern Spain
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The only rules of the solidarity fridge are: no raw meat, eggs or fish; cooked meals must be marked with their production date. Alvaro Saiz, the mastermind behind the project, told NPR that he came up with the idea after seeing foodsharing.de, a German website that lets strangers share leftovers.

Two months ago, the project expanded to southeastern Spain and a second solidarity fridge was installed in Murcia. 

Poor man looking for food in a dumpster
Poor man looking for food in a dumpster

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