AVL co-operates with the local German Tafel associations in order to optimize donations from supermarkets to underprivileged people

AVL co-operates with the local German Tafel associations in order to optimize donations from supermarkets to underprivileged people

The German waste management company, AVL, is an active partner in the Tafel associations in the district of Ludwigsburg. This partnership is a perfect fit in the fight against waste advocated by GreenCook.

The Tafel system

The Tafel associations are a system of local mutual aid which makes food products available to people on low incomes. The ideal way to reconcile waste on the one hand and a lack of food on the other! Almost all manufacturers and vendors of foodstuffs regularly sort their products and take out those whose packaging is damaged or whose sell-by date has almost expired. Instead of destroying this food, they give it to the Tafel associations, who sell it at derisory prices to needy people.

Today there are 2,500 Tafel points of sale in Germany and 1.5 million people in need benefit from this initiative. The merchandise is naturally always of good quality and checked by the Heath Service.

Although the Tafel associations owe their existence to surplus food, their aim is also to encourage the commercial and industrial sectors to show more respect for food and move to rejecting far less of it.

The AVL commitment

In the German district of Ludwigsburg, five Tafel points of sale are in active partnership with various stores. This principle of a kind of “food recycling” fits perfectly into the philosophy of the German waste management company, AVL, which aims for foodstuffs to be treated with more respect and more responsibility on both the ethical and social levels. The bridge that each Tafel shop forms between food waste and lack of food opens people’s eyes on both sides of the equation. From now on, AVL intends to collaborate even more closely with the local Tafel associations in the fight against waste. In this spirit, in December 2011, AVL did not send its usual New Year greetings cards and instead donated the money saved to these associations.

To find out more about the German waste management company, AVL, browse their website at www.avl-ludwigsburg.de.




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