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'Junk' food heading to supermarket shelves

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BRITAIN (CBS) -

The U.S. Department of agriculture says more than 130 billion pounds of food are tossed out each year. In Britain, it's about 34 billion.

Now, activists in the UK are putting food destined for the dumpster onto supermarket shelves.

Each week, as much as 20,000 pounds of groceries arrive at this warehouse in England.

The Real Junk Food Project showcases just how much edible food is being discarded from supermarkets, restaurants, hotels, and cafes - places that donate these items to the store.

"It's brilliant, isn't it? Absolutely brilliant.  To think that all of this stuff has been saved from going into landfill,” Charlotte Hanson, a customer said.

Project managers said they've had calls from people living in New York and Indiana about opening cafes in the U.S.

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