December 2022 - Local Food & Drink Project wins awarded !

Greener Waldringfield are delighted that Transition Woodbridge's Local Food & Drink Project has been awarded a grant from Transition Together and The National Lottery Community Fund! This project was started in 2021 to promote the incredible variety of food & drink producers in our part of Suffolk, as well as raising awareness of the many benefits of consuming locally produced goods. The grant will cover the printing costs of their 2023 leaflet update, meaning they can distribute physical copies to local shops, cafes and community settings, as well as at town events. Thanks to National Lottery players for making these grants possible. For more information about Transition Together, visit

Please contact Jane, Dan and the Transition Woodbridge team if you would like to get more involved with this project.

Waldringfield Community Composting visit to Great Blakenham.

Waldringfield Community Composting has funding for a couple of visits to the Materials Recycling Facility at Great Blakenham. The first of these took place on Friday 11th July.

Only four of us went, but it was extraordinarily interesting. After a long introduction by the education officer we had an hour’s tour of the plant. The mixed recyclables collected in our blue bins are dumped into an enormous pile and gradually shovelled onto conveyor belts which first deposits them into drums from which the very smallest particles are ejected – bits about the size of milk bottle tops. Back on conveyor belts the stuff passes alongside rows of sorters who extract and send down the relevant chutes card and paper and any unwanted matter. Cans etc are magnetically extracted, and aluminium by an ingenious system which sets up a repellent field so that they are thrown into a further chute. That leaves plastic which is then picked over for remaining extraneous material and finally all the separate elements are crushed and baled. They are sold wherever the price is highest, which might be within Britain, but they might also be exported. We were not given figures for this – though we were for the purity of the bales: only about 3% unwanted materials, so the process is pretty efficient.

Which efficiency we indeed witnessed. The plant is staffed by about 70 Lithuanian workers who come on short contracts. They choose to have only one break in their eight hour day. We all thought the work must be tiring – standing all day, isolated by headphones as the plant is very noisy, unable to move their eyes from the moving conveyor and sorting with extraordinary speed and accuracy. We were assured that they are all paid the minimum wage, that friends and relations come serially to replace them when they leave and that the first tranche of workers were indeed British, but few of them stayed. The two who did now drive machinery.

We found the operation of the plant and its pride in what it does impressive – but were also muted by the sheer amount of waste that our society generates. It was a salutary visit and we hope to arrange another one soon.

Food waste

Food Waste - how you can make a difference to Climate Change

Food waste is responsible for up to 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, but one of the unusual outcomes of the pandemic lockdown was that domestic food waste declined in the UK dramatically with 30% less leftovers! Unfortunately waste levels are on the increase again as people go out more and have less time to cook. Have a look at the interesting article linked below, but if you don't have time to read (TL:DR)...

  • Fridge temperature below 5 degrees - food lasts longer (and don’t crowd the items)

  • Plastic helps keep food fresh - but reusable Tupperware or glass do as well

  • Smaller portion so reduce plate waste - and use smaller plates so it doesn’t look less!

  • Love your leftovers, label them and use them soon - soup will absorb almost anything

  • Shop local - less lost in processing and packaging - but the supermarkets are trying!

Five ways to cut down on food waste – and why it matters
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