To help encourage more food recycling, Buckinghamshire County Council is using mobile technology by partnering with Olio, a free app that connects people and businesses so that food gets used rather than wasted.
The system allows individuals or businesses with excess food or ingredients that might otherwise go to waste to offer them online for free collection by whoever wants them.
To make an item available, Olio is opened, a photo and description added, along with details of when and where the item is available for pick-up. To access items, the listings available nearby are browsed, then you request whatever takes your fancy and arrange a pick-up via private messaging. It is all for free and no money changes hands.
Warren Whyte, council cabinet member for planning and environment, said: “Food waste is a serious environmental issue and this harnesses new technology to help make a difference.”