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The First 'Waste' Supermarket Has Been Launched In Britain

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The First 'Waste' Supermarket Has Been Launched In Britain

Lads, there's big news and it's happening in my hometown of Pudsey in Britain.

If you don't know where that's located then let me educate you. It's a town in the greatest city in the world, Leeds, which itself is located in god's own county of Yorkshire.

Pudsey - famous for its massive ASDA and lending its name to Children in Need mascot 'Pudsey Bear' - is now the first place in the UK to have a supermarket that sells food that would have otherwise been thrown out by shops.

Campaigners from the Real Junk Food Project have just opened 'the warehouse' which operates on a 'pay as you feel' basis and is the same basis as cafés that are run as part of the project.

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The project is dedicated to diverting food destined for waste and using them it to create delicious and healthy meals.

Writing about the warehouse, the Guardian's Carol Cadwalladr said: "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& Spencer cakes and Ferrero Rocher chocolates and punnets of grapes and tomatoes and posh crisps and jars of olives and out-of-date bottles of that well-known easily perishable food substance - water - and down one aisle, dozens of clear plastic bin liners all filled with bread."

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Adam Smith, founder of the Real Junk Food Project, told the Independent there are now plans to open a warehouse selling surplus produce in every city in the UK.

British people throw out around seven million tonnes of food every year from their homes alone. Yet, shockingly, according to the Trussell Trust, 1,109,309 three-day emergency food supply packages were given out at their foodbanks in 2015-16.

However, although people on low incomes, unemployed and homeless people are likely to benefit from the concept, those behind the Real Junk Food Project are clear that the project is intended for all.

"We don't just feed 'homeless people', 'the needy', nor do we just feed asylum seekers, refugees, or whoever. We feed everyone," the group says on its website.

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"In order for us to prove the value and safety of food waste, we couldn't just feed specific demographics of people. We believe food waste is absolutely fit for human consumption and so that's who we feed - human beings."

Find out more about the project on their website.

Featured image credit: RJFP

Topics: Leeds, Yorkshire

James Dawson
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