Our mission is simple — keep good food out of the bin!
In the UK, we throw away £20 billion of food every year, with almost 70% of this wastage happening at home. Our volunteers support Oxfordshire residents to reduce their food waste and compost the waste they do produce. These actions are good for people and planet – if households stopped wasting food, they could save up to £840 a year. It would also reduce greenhouse gas emissions as much as taking 1 in 4 cars off of the road!
Replenish is funded by Oxfordshire County Council and managed by Community Action Groups Oxfordshire, a network of over 60 community groups and social enterprises at the forefront of community led climate change action and social justice.
We are currently recruiting volunteers to lead activities in primary schools across Oxford to get students thinking about ways to reduce waste. They will work alongside the Oxford Direct Services’ Recycling Team to deliver activities and assemblies on waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and food waste. Volunteers will also develop new activities and ways of engaging students. Depending on the volunteers’ interests and skills, these could include games, music, crafts, outdoor activities and more! More info.
Our volunteers are in the early stages of designing an escape room game that will help people to reduce their food waste.
An escape room is a game in which players are locked in a room. Their only goal is to escape the room before time runs out, and in order to do this, they must work together to solve a series of puzzles and challenges! These games can be used for educational purposes, to raise awareness around serious issues in an engaging and memorable way. Our game will encourage people to reflect on food waste and the actions they can take to reduce the waste they produce. Want to get involved? Find out more here!
Earlier this year, volunteers in Abingdon and Witney set up ‘community fridges’ to help fight food waste and food poverty. The fridge are stocked with food that would otherwise have been thrown away, donated by local residents, supermarkets and other food businesses. Anyone is welcome to take food from the fridge, which houses a selection of fresh fruits, vegetables and baked goods. In the first 3 months, the fridges have prevented over 2 tonnes of food from being binned. To find out more about the Abingdon Community Fridge, find them on Facebook or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To contact the Witney Community Fridge, email email@example.com or visit their Facebook page.
We’d love to hear from you!
If you’d like to get in touch, please contact our Project Coordinator.