Community fridge gets the go-ahead

24 January 2022

Council Services, News

We’re delighted to announce that Diss Town Council has agreed to support the development of the ‘Community Fridge for Diss’ project. Recycling food that would otherwise go to landfill back into the community, the fridge will be available for all residents to use. 


As well as helping those who might be struggling, the aim of the project is to reduce food waste in the district. All local food businesses, allotment holders and households in the area can donate surplus food to the fridge. Volunteers, including councillors, local Rotary Club representatives, and members of the community will manage the fridge on a day-to-day basis. The project team will also be working in partnership with Waveney Foodbank. 


The concept of community fridges first arrived in the UK in 2016 with community fridges opening up in Swadlincote, Frome and London. Now over 65 projects are running across the country and Norfolk has more than 10 community fridges.


Food waste is a huge issue in the UK. The average household throws away £700 worth of food every year and at the same time 4 million people in the UK are living in food poverty. Most food waste in the UK is avoidable and could have been eaten had it been better managed.


To keep up-to-speed with their news, check out the 'Community fridge for Diss' Facebook page.

Community fridge gets the go-ahead