A food recycling centrewhich will collect and redistribute 300 tonnes of food a year has opened in Park Royal.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson opened the new Fareshare food depot before Christmas. It will distribute more than 300 tonnes of surplus food a year – the equivalent of 800,000 meals – to charities, instead of clogging up landfill sites.
The FareShare depot was made possible by a £362,000 grant from the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB), 90% of the funding required. It will focus on rescuing surplus and still perfectly edible food from organisations within London and redistributing it to support some of city’s most disadvantaged people, helping to reduce the amount of food being sent to landfill. London produces 1.4 million tonnes of food waste, 40 per cent of which ends up in landfill.
Organisations that will benefit from the depot include hostels for homeless people, breakfast clubs for children, youth centres, after-school clubs, luncheon clubs for elderly people, women’s refuges, night shelters, churches, day centres, drop in centres and drug rehabilitation projects.