One store's trash, one foodsaver's dinner

By Misch Pautsch Switch to German for original article

Almost half a kilogram of food is thrown in the rubbish per person in Luxembourg every day – 147 kilos annually. Food savers work to ensure that in the future, all edible food is actually used and, at least until then, none of it goes straight from the supermarket into the bin.

7.20 pm in front of a shop in the south of Luxembourg City. Photos: disallowed. The goods: coveted. A white SUV parks in front of the garage door next to the shop's window wall covered with advertising posters. A woman gets out, looks around, disappears through the entrance door. Five minutes later, she comes out again, while the big door slowly lifts. Normally, the goods are delivered here in the morning, but when Sara Ferrera comes, the deal gets flipped on its head: crate after crate she fills from the storage room into her car. An appreciative look, a handshake with the manager and the foodsaver disappears as inconspicuously as she came – the car filled with edible food she just saved from the bin. We follow her.

A week before the chase with Sara Ferrera, we meet Michelle Kleyr at Bâtiment 4 in Esch/Alzette. She is the co-founder of the association Foodsharing Luxembourg, whose members have been working since 2019 to ensure that all food is eaten in the Grand Duchy. Edible food that shops, restaurants or bakeries would normally dispose of in the evening because it has reached its best-before date, they collect and reuse or redistribute.

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