Stoke-on-Trent residents have reacted angrily after huge amounts of supermarket food was dumped in a tip.
Hundreds of loaves of bread, baguettes and bags of salad – as well as lemons, cabbages and dozens of packets of mushrooms – were found dumped at Staffordshire Waste Recycling Centre, in Porthill Road, Longport, on Wednesday afternoon (April 1).
An investigation into the abandoned food – some of which are the Co-op home brand – has now been launched and the food has since been donated to organisations helping the homeless and vulnerable in Stoke-on-Trent struggling due to coronavirus lockdown.
Readers of StokeonTrentLive have reacted angrily to the food been dumped.
Polly Forrester said: “It’s disgusting the amount of waste we see. Dates on fruit and veg should be abolished. Surely folk can see if a banana is past it without a date on it?
And Cheryl Warrilow agreed saying it was ‘disgusting’ to see the dumped food.
Marina Pinnington said: “Disgusting, this needs to be investigated, what a waste. Poor families, and single people struggling for food.”
The Co-op – which has a number of convenience stores across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire – is looking into how its food ended up there.
The chain already operates its own scheme to give away products that are going out of date to community groups to cut down on waste and help those in need.
A spokesman said: “There is a small amount of Co-op product in the picture and we will investigate to see if we can establish how it might have got there.
“None of us can afford to throw away good food, and Co-op stores give products away that are going out of date to local community groups at the end of each day to prevent food waste and to make a difference to those in need in our communities.”
Meanwhile Terry Sweatmore helped ensure the food didn’t go to waste after being contacted by the recycling centre. Some of it was given to the Macari Centre and Stoke Homeless Outreach.