Through the deals Hubbub and Circular Economy Wales have done, training is available to all with free fridges and a £4k grant (for the first 11) to create welcoming areas and shelving for dried food. In doing this we will have helped Wales move from a handful to being a new coordinated sector in just a few months. This, in essence, is what Circular Economy Wales, working with others, does. We help communities in Wales replicate pioneering ideas from other countries around the world, concepts that are already proven and working. Could your area host a Community Fridge?
Since 2017, the concept has taken hold across the UK, with over a hundred already established in England. The concept of a Community Fridge is simple: it is a non-means tested, community-facing pick-up point, where surplus in-date food can be donated and collected to and from community members and local businesses.
In order for a community to run its own Community Fridge, a host organisation with a public-facing, accessible base in the community must be utilised. The community then works with Circular Economy Wales and Hubbub to create a plan for running and setting up the Community Fridge.