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ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY: Olio free food sharing app helps Garston residents be less wasteful

 Published on: 26th February 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

Many Garston residents are doing their best to be less wasteful, save money and help others in need by gifting food in excess through the free Olio app.

The app saw many people from Garston signing up, a local food waste hero revealed.

Speaking to GarstonNews, she said: “I joined Olio about a year ago but at that time I used to receive only one or two notifications a week. Over a year, the number of people using the app increased a lot, now I get a notification almost every hour.”

The whole idea behind the app is to stop waste. There are two parts to the app, a food and non food section.

The food waste hero continued: “If you got food in the fridge which is close to the best before day and you’re not going to use it you can offer it to someone else for free.

“Olio partnered with Tesco. My role as a food waste hero is that I go to the store, once they’ve confirmed they have food that is going out of date. I collect it, take pictures and post it, then people come and collect it.

“It’s good for the environment to not have people throwing away food and household goods. With everything going on with the climate it’s really important we are not wasteful.”

There are around four or five food waste heroes in Garston but many use the app to collect food.

Another resident who uses the app said: “It saves food waste, it gets me out for my daily walk and exercise and saves me money.

“If you open something and don’t like it, like I did with some salad dressings last week, you can offer them. Basically if it’s edible and not past its use by then you can post it on Olio and almost always someone else will have it.”

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