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Kollect’s new Wheelie Bin service is proving to become a hit with a growing base of loyal customers. We’ve compiled some of the best user comments to help convince you that you should switch to Kollect as well. Check them out what users thinks or if you've used us then let us know in the comments below. :)
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From the farm to your wheelie bin: How can wasted food solve the world’s hunger?

Ever wondered what happens to unsold grocery products in the supermarket? Although in the recent years, there has been a growing movement toward giving food excess to charities, there is still annually 2.9 trillion pounds of food waste globally while 800 million people suffer from hunger worldwide. Those numbers become even scarier if we consider the nine billion people on earth by 2050 and their call for an increase in global food production by 70 to 100%. With agriculture responsible for 70% of the planet’s freshwater withdrawals, 80% of the world’s tropical and subtropical deforestation and 35% of greenhouse gas emissions, food waste recycling appears to be the most viable solution to fight world hunger.
The reasons behind the dramatic amount of edible waste are the lack of storage facilities, insufficient shelf life and refrigeration. Grocers sometimes order too much and throw out excess when facing an unexpected drop in sales or inaccurate forecasts. The major generators of food waste remain market standards. Consumers expect platonically ideal products with no scars or scratches, forcing farmers around the globe to get rid of nearly 46% of their fruit and vegetable production which don’t meet export standards because of shape, colour or size. If an apple is not round and shiny, then it is considered of lower quality and most likely ends up in your wheelie bin. This cosmetic discrimination gave birth to a variety of new businesses, focused on recycling food excess. The Californian start-up Imperfect now delivers ‘wonky-looking’ production to thousands of subscribers, the Danish supermarket WeFood sells expired groceries with damaged packaging while the British Hackney Brewery has started converting surplus bread into beer. It is all about giving misshapen and unwanted products a second chance. 

What can you do to help reducing waste?
Developed countries are responsible for most of global food waste by displaying too many products on grocery store shelves, serving excessive portions in restaurant and school canteens, ignoring leftovers in home refrigerators and tossing perishables before they have expired. It all adds up to a long list of bad habits but those can be changed in very easy steps. Here are some tips to reduce your waste footprint:
• At a store: shop locally at your farmers markets and measure your needs. Buy misshapen products at a discount.
• At a restaurant: ask for a doggie bag and bring home leftovers.
• At home: switch to smaller portion to reduce leftovers. Blend bruised fruits into smoothies. Start selective sorting of your bins and recycle food waste to create natural compost. Switch to a new waste management company if needed that provides flexible bin collection and green waste disposal. 

Sources: Elizabeth Royte, How ‘Ugly’ Fruits and Vegetables Can Help Solve World Hunger, 2016, National Geographic
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Recycling Food is Big Business
The first waste food supermarket in Europe has recently opened in Denmark and it has proved to be a huge success. The Supermarket has opened in Denmark's capital Copenhagen and they are selling produced that has gone past its sell by date but is still perfectly edible. They sell this food at 30 to 50% cheaper than normal supermarkets.
The Supermarket which is under the moniker of "We Food"says it's not a social supermarket that specifically targets the people with a lower income but it's aimed at the general public especially anyone who believes in the reduction of food waste. The stores opening day was hugely successful so much so that customers cleared out much of the stores stock. The store is now working hard to keep the shelves stocked
Recycling by Example
We Food is determined to reduce the 700,000 tonnes of food waste that is produced in Denmark every year, Denmark has already decreased its food waste by 25% in the last five years. Other countries are starting to follow their example with France recently introducing a law banning supermarkets from throwing any waste food stating they must donate any excess food to charities and food banks, failure to comply with this law results in a hefty fine. There is now talk of a similar law being introduced in the UK.
Hopefully in the future supermarkets like this will become widely available across Europe. With the amount of perfectly good food that gets thrown out it's a no brainer to recycle it and make it available for consumption. The success of We Food in Copenhagen has proven that people are very interested in supporting the recycling of food. With supermarkets like We Food food waste could be drastically reduced and the public will also have access to fresh produce at a much lower price than traditional supermarkets offer.
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John here, two things that were very important to us when setting up Kollect.ie was providing value and choice to people. That's why we have no subscription fees and our bin collection service is "On Demand". If your in Waterford and know anyone this would suit or if ya have any questions just tag or comment below. Thanks everyone! For more see https://Kollect.ie
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