As an island community we always do our utmost to reduce, reuse and recycle.
October 2018 saw the launch of Scotland’s first island community Fridge in Craignure on the Isle of Mull. The Mull and Iona Community Fridge is operated by Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT) who was awarded funding from the Climate Challenge Fund and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for a new project focused on reducing waste and increasing knowledge of climate change.
The Mull & Iona Community Fridge is located at Craignure Village Hall and enables food to be shared within our community, anyone can put food in, and anyone can take food out. No money is exchanged, it’s based on donations and food can be taken for free.
The main aim the fridge is to reduce food waste. In 2015 UK Household food waste was 7.3 million tonnes, of which it is estimated that 4.4 million tonnes could have been avoided. Not only that, but food waste that decomposes in landfills releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is at least 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
We encourage everyone to use the community fridge, locals, holiday makers, day trippers, everyone. Anyone can put food in, and anyone can take food out.
There are a few rules for fridge food donations; food can only be put into the fridge if it’s in its original packaging, is unopened and within the use-by date. Dry foods can also be left, but no alcohol!
We also have a freezer and you’re welcome to donate any frozen food that also follows the donation rules, the more donations the less going to waste.
So, if you’re here on holiday, a resident, or simply passing through and have food that you don’t want to take home, or no longer think you’ll use, please donate it to the Community Fridge.
The Fridge is located at Craignure Village Hall, a 5 minute walk from the ferry terminal, and is open 9-5pm Monday to Friday and Saturdays 6:45am-5pm.
Let’s not let good food go to waste, donate it to the Mull & Iona Community Fridge today. For more information check out our community fridge webpage.