What can/ can't I share on OLIO?

What can I share?

OLIO is for anything edible, no matter if loose, raw, cooked, opened, unopened… etc. There are guidelines, but generally speaking, if it’s food you would eat, then it’s okay for OLIO. For example, see what was added on OLIO last week.

You can also add

  • Food that has already been opened, here are some examples 
  • Food that is past its ‘Best Before’ date. For more info on expiry dates, please read Expiry dates explained
    This date refers to the quality and shelf life of a product, not safety. However, please only add items that you would be willing to eat yourself. You can read more about Best Before dates on this Government web site here
  • Alcohol

    It is also your responsibility to ensure the person you are giving the alcohol to is of legal drinking age in your country.
  • Baby formula

    OLIO agrees with government advice that breast milk is best for babies and breastfeeding should continue for as long as possible. Infant milks should only be used on the advice of a doctor, midwife, health visitor, public health nurse, dietitian, pharmacist, or other professionals responsible for maternal and child care. OLIO does not advertise or promote the use of infant or follow-on formulae but is happy for you to share surplus infant and follow on formulae with parents who have already made the informed choice to use such products. The sole purpose of OLIO is to help to reduce food waste.

What can't I share?

Food 

You are not allowed to share food that is past its ‘Use By’ date. We do not encourage anyone to supply food that has passed its “Use By” date, the date marked on perishable foods indicating the recommended date by which it should be used or consumed. If you’re a business it is illegal to sell or give away food after its Use By date.

There are guidelines, but generally speaking, if it’s food you would eat, then it’s okay for OLIO. 

Non-food

You are not allowed to share fake or counterfeit goods, animals, controlled substances (including but not limited to solvents, weapons or fireworks). 

Knives

As a zero waste company OLIO permits users to share knives such as kitchen knives in accordance with local laws. However, this does not include knives that are disguised or designed as weapons. It is also your responsibility to ensure that the person you are giving the knife to is over 18 years of age. Although OLIO is an over 18s app, users should never share if they are concerned that the user may be under 18.

Prescription medication

OLIO does not allow the exchange of prescription medication in accordance with local laws. If you are in doubt whether medication is available on prescription, you should check first with a chemist. 

Medicines available over the counter including painkillers, cold & fever, allergens are all OK to share. All over the counter medication must be posted within it's use-by date and details of age restrictions should be added to the listing.