Community Fridges

 Greener Orkney was pleased to join the project launched by the Co-Op and Hubbub aimed at redistributing 6.8 million meals a year. Orkney’s first Community Fridge opened in March 2022 in Kirkwall, a second one opened in Stromness in July 2022 and a third operated in Dounby between October 2022 and May 2023.

2022-2024: Total amount of food from the Community Fridges

Food collected (kg)

Equivalent meals

Greener Orkney joins the Community Fridge network

What are Community Fridges?

Community Fridges are a platform for sharing surplus food within a community to reduce food waste going to landfill. There are over 100 community fridges across the UK with each fridge sharing one to four tonnes of food per month. Each year these community fridges redistribute 975 tonnes of food surplus (equivalent to 1.9 million meals) and benefit up to 77,500 people

Greener Orkney was awarded a grant by the Co-op of £4,000 towards the initial setup costs.

How do Community Fridges Work?

The premise of a Community Fridge is simple – any available items can be taken by anyone. As well as food sharing, Community Fridges give people opportunities to contribute through volunteering, learning new skills and sharing their existing skills.

About Greener Orkney’s Community Fridges

The project started with one Community Fridge at 26 Bridge Street, Kirkwall and this was followed by a second Fridge at 116 Victoria Street in Stromness.  A third Fridge operated in Dounby within the Community School but following the sale of the Co-Op store there and the policy of the new owner not to supply food to Community Fridges, this has now permanently ceased operations.

A refillery opened at the Stromness Fridge in May 2024.

Opening times are tabulated below (all subject to availability of food):  

DayKirkwallStromness
Monday8:30pm-9:00pm8:30pm-9:00pm
Tuesday12:00pm-2:00pm
8:30pm-9:00pm
8:30pm-9:00pm
Wednesday8:30pm-9:00pm12:00pm-1:00pm
8:30pm-9:00pm
Thursday12:00pm-1:00pm
8:30pm-9:00pm
8:30pm-9:00pm
Friday8:30pm-9:00pm8:30pm-9:00pm
Saturday12:00pm-2:00pm12:00pm-2:00pm
8:30pm-9:00pm
SundayClosed8:30pm-9:00pm

We have over thirty active volunteers who open and close the fridges, collect food from suppliers and ensure the cleanliness of the fridge environment.  There is a dedicated Community Fridge Facebook page and volunteers update it to advise what food is available. 

2022-2024 Community Fridge Running Total

MonthLocationFood collected (kg)Monthly visitorsCumulative food (kg)
May 2024Kirkwall
Stromness
1,221
1,309
446
483
36,749
20,256
April 2024Kirkwall
Stromness
1,499
1,086
529
425
35,529
18,948
March 2024Kirkwall
Stromness
1,714
1,089
467
454
34,029
17,862
February 2024Kirkwall
Stromness
1,168
802
369
299
32,315
16,772
January 2024Kirkwall
Stromness
1,539
1,110
360
339
31,147
15,971
December 2023Kirkwall
Stromness
1,776
727
424
268
29,608
14,861
November 2023Kirkwall
Stromness
1,142
557
392
239
27,832
14.134
October 2023Kirkwall
Stromness
1,622
1,533
401
268
26,691
13,577
September 2023Kirkwall
Stromness
1,575
727
383
231
25,069
12,044
August 2023Kirkwall
Stromness
1,575
709
430
277
23,493
11,317
July 2023Kirkwall
Stromness
1,556
774
384
317
21,918
10,608
June 2023Kirkwall
Stromness
Dounby
1,396
866
Closed
348
291
20,362
9,834
1,111
May 2023Kirkwall
Stromness
Dounby
1,491
713
34
403
315
7
18,967
8,968
1,111
April 2023Kirkwall
Stromness
Dounby
2,600
841
52
398
264
5
17,476
8,255
1,077
March 2023Kirkwall
Stromness
Dounby
884
496
168
434
269
115
14,876
7,414
1,025
February 2023Kirkwall
Stromness
Dounby
1,431
507
116
525
289
93
13,993
6,918
857
January 2023Kirkwall
Stromness
Dounby
1,571
972
139
543
367
97
12,561
5,549
741
December 2022Kirkwall
Stromness
Dounby
1,558
1,463
244
566
326
102
10,991
5,439
603
November 2022Kirkwall
Stromness
Dounby
1,657
1,016
359
569
414
222
9,432
3,976
359
October 2022Kirkwall
Stromness
975
564
465
350
7,775
2,959
September 2022Kirkwall
Stromness
636
1,096
424
396
6,801
2,396
August 2022Kirkwall
Stromness
958
985
486
408
6,165
1,300
July 2022Kirkwall
Stromness
1,345
315
575
56
5,207
315
June 2022Kirkwall1,3505243,862
May 2022Kirkwall1,1144722,513
April 2022Kirkwall7763761,398
March 2022Kirkwall622160622

We are extremely grateful to the following organisations for their support of the Community Fridges:

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If any organisations or individuals are interested in helping with, or finding out more about the project, please reach out to Greener Orkney by sending an email to greenerorkney@gmail.com.

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