AN ABERDEEN community organisation has saved more than 1,000kg of fruit and veg from being binned – in only four months.
The Allotment Market Stall (TAMS) committee and volunteers began collecting excess produce from Aberdeen allotments last year, and sell the fruit and vegetables at Duthie and Hazlehead parks.
A team of more than 20 people regularly collect produce from more than 20 allotments, and more than 240 plots, across Aberdeen, which would otherwise go to waste.
What doesn’t sell on the stall is donated to the Community Food Initiatives North East foodbank, and the very small amount leftover is composted.
TAMS saved 1,005kg of produce from waste during last year’s growing season, July to October.
A total of 816kg of that food was sold from the stall, while 146kg was donated to the foodbank, and just 43kg was composted.
During its first season in business the stall made £980.
All the money goes back to the allotment sites and the amount each gets depends on how much produce they gave.