Two young activists whose “freedge” in downtown Reykjavík has strengthened the community and reduced food waste have been named Reykjavík residents on the year. Kamila Walijewska and Marco Pizzolato, two friends who set up a public fridge in the city centre last summer, are the recipients of the annual honour this year. The fridge is regularly replenished and emptied by members of the community.
“We think it’s great to see the project take on a life of its own. People spread the word, bring food donations, and sometimes we hear about people that have met and gotten to know each other through the fridge. We see a lot of possibility of connecting people and at the same time increasing awareness of food waste and our planet at the same time.”
One “freedge” becomes three
Kamila is originally from Poland while Marco is from Switzerland. They both moved to Iceland around two years ago. Their freedge was inaugurated on June 29 last year as part of the international movement freedge.org. Located at Bergþórugata 20 outside radical social centre Andrými, the original fridge has inspired two other freedges in the capital area, one in the Breiðholt neighbourhood of Reykjavík and another in the municipality of Kópavogur. All three fridges are well used.
This is the twelfth time that the City of Reykjavík has selected a resident of the year. As per tradition, the winners were invited to inaugurate the salmon fishing season in Elliðará river in east Reykjavík, and both Marco and Kamila caught their first salmon on the occasion.