The first food waste supermarket opens in the UK and you wont believe how cheap it is!

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Food waste supermarket UK
The charity group, The Real Junk Food Project, have successfully launched the UK’s first ever food waste supermarket in Leeds.

The group have teamed up with some of Britains leading supermarkets including Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury’s and M&S to donate unwanted, ‘unsellable’ or safe out-of-date products that they can sell onto others at a ‘pay as you feel’ price.

According to wrap, the Waste and Resources Action Programme, we waste around 10 million tons of food and drink per year, 60% of which can be avoided. The food waste supermarket launched by The Real Junk Food Project aims to decrease this.

Chef Adam Smith, founder of TRJFP, told Huffington Post UK that the supermarket was never planned; ‘We were intercepting food at our central HQ in Leeds at an enormous level, that we encountered surplus food which we couldn’t stop from going to rot. We then opened the warehouse up to the public and it was an instant success. We didn’t plan it, it was a consequence of operations.’

The supermarket has a wide range of foods available including fruit and vegetables, bottles of fizzy drink, loaves of bread and much more. All out-of-date produce has been deemed safe to consume.

‘In the warehouse, it becomes more obvious why the project has taken off so dramatically. There’s a mountain of food. Marks & Spencer cakes and Ferrero Rocher chocolates and punnets of grapes and tomatoes and posh crisps and jars of olives and out-of-date bottles of that well-known easily perishable food substance – water – and down one aisle, dozens of clear plastic bin liners all filled with bread.’ says the Guardian’s Carol Cadwalladr

The food waste supermarket is currently the only supermarket of its kind based in the UK. The Real Junk Food Project hope to expand their warehouse so more people have the opportunity to use up unwanted, wasted foods.

Would you be interested in shopping at the food waste supermarket? Do you think more cities in the UK should launch them? Comment below!

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Stacy Lynn Floyd

Awesome! Yes please... I was wondering if these could be set up in local churches on fixed days to support the local communities. I would be interested in supporting that in my community.


Places like these are a good idea for the people genuinly struggling, but unfortunately they still get taken advantage of by Freeloaders just out for what they can get. I have seen various charity food banks throughout the UK getting fleeced weekly by a certain breed of parasite who plead Poverty & Hardship, but can afford to smoke like a chimney and have enough to play Bingo twice a week, and still go out on the lash at the weekends whilst leaving their offspring at home with a paid child minder! I would much rather see the food given to charities like Help the Aged, other Pensionable groups & Homeless shelters etc.

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