A fridge accessible to all is being launched in North Walsham today (Thursday). The 'community fridge' has been set up by the North Norfolk District Council, in an effort to tackle food waste.

The initiative is supported by Hubbub UK. The environmental charity is encouraging residents and businesses to deposit excess food and collect things that would otherwise be wasted. The fridge will be accessible on weekdays.

According to North Norfolk District Council, the average household throws away £700 worth of food every year and, at the same time, four million people in the UK live in food poverty.

A community fridge already exists in Fakenham. The concept first arrived in the UK in 2016, with community fridges opening in Swadlincote, Frome and London. Now, over 50 projects are running across the country.

"Following on from the successful Fakenham community fridge which has been operational for several years, it is hoped that the North Walsham scheme will replicate their success."

Cllr Nigel Lloyd, North Norfolk District Council's Portfolio Holder for Environment

The fridge will be open from Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm. It will be located in Cafe Kitale on St Nicholas Road.