Leftover festival food feeds thousands

Over 27 tonnes of food otherwise destined for the rubbish bin was collected at this year's Roskilde Festival and converted into meals for the needy.

Leftover festival food feeds thousands
The leftover Roskilde food was either delivered directly or converted into new dishes and frozen. Photo: Bobby Anwar
Some 50,000 meals were donated to area hostels, shelters and asylum centres using unused food from last month’s Roskilde Festival.
Festival organisers announced on Tuesday that kitchen scraps totaling 27.5 tonnes were collected during the festival. 
Working together with the Stop Wasting Food (Stop Spild af Mad) movement, the festival leftovers were collected and either delivered directly to recipients or taken to the Danish Meat Trade College (Slagteriskolen) in Roskilde, where the food was turned into new dishes and then frozen. 
The frozen meals were delivered to social help centres all across Zealand. 
One of the recipient locations was Kirkens Korshær in Holbæk. 
“The users of our shelter were very happy for the lasagne. The good leftover food that we received meant that we were able to save time and money,” Pernille Korzen, a spokeswoman for the centre, said in a press release.
Stop Wasting Food is Denmark’s largest consumer movement against food waste. Some 70 volunteers from the organisation collected the leftover food at the Roskilde Festival, which ran from June 29th to July 6th.

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200 forgotten phones found after Roskilde Festival

The clean-up operation after the Roskilde music festival resulted in 200 cell phones being recovered.

200 forgotten phones found after Roskilde Festival
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Festival guests who are no longer nursing hangovers, but still missing car keys, mobile phones or wristwatches can check whether their items are now in the storage room at Roskilde Police Station.

A van-full of lost property from the festival has now been delivered to police in the city, with around 200 mobile phones as well as jewellery, power banks and up to 50 bunches of keys.

“We hope that many festivalgoers will contact us regarding their lost items so we can return them as quickly as possible,” Central and West Zealand Police communications officer Camilla Schouw Broholm wrote in a press statement.

Due to the time taken to register all of the items, police recommend that people looking for belongings initially contact them by email.

It is a good idea to include specifications and descriptions of the lost items in the email, as well as a photo if possible, police said.

Lost keys and spectacles are an exception to this, with police advising festivalgoers to call in at the station so that lost property can be examined in person.

Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen / Ritzau Scanpix

It could take up to three months for all the lost objects to be sorted and registered.

“We also have a lot of lost items with names on, so with these it’s easier to find the owner. Once these are have been registered, the owner will receive a message in their (secure digital email system) e-boks,” Broholm said to Ritzau.

“That also applies to telephones with IMEI numbers,” she added.

Up to 130,000 people attended last week’s Roskilde Festival, making the event temporarily Denmark’s fourth-largest city.

The festival generates over 2,000 tonnes of waste.

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