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September 21, 2016

Real Junk Food Project opens food waste supermarket in Leeds, UK

Real Junk Food Project has opened a supermarket that will stock food waste at Grangefield Industrial Estate in Pudsey, Leeds, the UK.

The Real Junk Food Project has opened a supermarket that will stock food waste at Grangefield Industrial Estate in Pudsey, Leeds.

Claimed to be the first of its kind in the country, this warehouse will carry excess food donated from supermarkets and local businesses such as cafes, restaurants and event caterers.

"The Real Junk Food Project intends to open such supermarkets several cities across the country."

The Real Junk Food Project founder Adam Smith was quoted by BBC as saying that it will operate on a pay-as-one-feels basis, implying that people can either pay through financial donations or invest their time or skills.

Smith also added that the concept of opening a food waste supermarket was drawn up around three years ago when a cafe providing meals made from waste food opened in Armley.

There are currently more than 120 such cafes worldwide.

The Real Junk Food Project stated that on an average, its warehouse receives between two and ten tonnes of food each day.

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Smith said: "Usually we donate leftover food to local schools but over the summer, we ended up with all this surplus and we wondered how we would get rid of it.

"We moved it to one part of the warehouse, put a notice up on social media asking people to come and get it, and it just went mad.

"We do have people coming with the intention of paying and if it carries on like it does, it will pay for the cost of the warehouse."

The Real Junk Food Project intends to open such supermarkets several cities across the country.