Olio – sharing your unwanted food in the community

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Bucks County Council are working with OLIO to promote a new app, which promotes reduction of waste. It’s free to download and use.

In Bucks, we produce 38,000 tonnes of food waste every year. Of this, 16,000 tonnes gets collected and is recycled to produce energy and fertiliser – but that still leaves 22,000 tonnes (58%) that goes into the general waste. It has been estimated that the average UK household throws away £700 worth of food every year.

OLIO allows people and businesses with excess food or ingredients that might otherwise go to waste the ability to offer them online for free collection by whoever wants them – it’s a great way of sharing food instead of wasting it – while helping to save the planet.

To make an item available on OLIO, simply open the app, and add a photo and description. To access items, simply browse the listings available near you, request whatever takes your fancy and arrange a pick-up via private messaging. It’s all for free and no money changes hands.

Warren Whyte, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment, said: “Food waste is a serious environmental issue and this truly innovative idea harnesses new technology to help make a difference. I’m delighted that the County Council is joining up with OLIO to give our residents and food outlets the opportunity to take part.”

More details on the app, and the principles behind it can be found at: www.olioex.com/bucks

Olio the food sharing revolution