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Avoiding food waste in Cornell

Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain (88,740 inhabitants) organised a campaign “Cornellà takes advantage of the food” (2011) to avoid food waste. It had two different parts. One addressed to citizenship, and the other was the creation of a micro-network to collect food surpluses from some supermarkets and a local market to be distributed to local people in need. In 2012 the Project was extended with the creation of the “Solidary Store” to supply food leftovers to 600 beneficiary families identified by the social services. In 2013 the municipality extended the plan to take advantage of food surpluses of the distribution and catering sector  to provide the ”Solidary Store” with products from more supermarkets and other local markets. In addition, the dissemination of information continued through the campaign “Are you wasting or taking advantage?” which included the creation of a video about the store and an information point to promote the reduction of food waste at home.

 

Currently there are 9 supermarkets and 1 local market participating in the food surplus micro-network and two other local markets will join shortly. The amount of food managed has been 345.3 kg in 2012 (June-Dec), 3,489.71kg in 2013 and 3,238,79kg in 2014 (Jan-May). The project was a finalist in the waste category of the Spanish award “Ciudad Sostenible” (2013).

 

Further information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3AX3rNbawY&feature=youtu.be

(video), http://www.cornella.cat/es/Cornellaaprofitaelsaliments.asp