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To want to dumpster dive?

(32 Posts)
annabanana84 Wed 28-Aug-13 16:47:14

like many, I am appalled by the amount of food waste in the country. I've heard about freeganism/dumpster diving, where people go into the bins of the supermarkets and retrieve perfectly edible, completely sealed food items.

I really want to try this, but I'm terrified of getting arrested!

squoosh Wed 28-Aug-13 16:48:45

I doubt they waste resources actually arresting people for this.

The amount of food wasted is obscene, more power to people who source their food this way.

FondantNancy Wed 28-Aug-13 17:12:59

I've used to do it. Not so much now. It was a real eye opener, seeing what supermarkets throw away.

We used to find whole boxes of jars thrown way because one or two were broken and the staff obviously didn't want to clean the other jars. (Once a crate of wine, believe it or not! That was a good day!).

Cans with shredded labels, plants past their best (planted a herb garden from one night's spoils). Bread that was still warm...

Never touched meat or dairy.

There is an etiquette involved - don't dress in black and approach it like a covert operation, you'll just look dodgy. Leave the dumpster as you found it. If anyone approaches and tells you to leave, then leave. You won't get arrested.

If anyone is in doubt about the scale of global food waste, watch this TED Talk, it'll blow your mind.

FondantNancy Wed 28-Aug-13 17:13:13

*I used

chesterberry Wed 28-Aug-13 17:13:53

I have a friend who does this and I have been with him a couple of times. It is incredible the things that will be thrown in there, lots of things you'd expect like bread and veg past it's sell by date (although usually still perfectly edible) but sometimes there are also things like the large stock boxes of chocolates, crisps etc which are often still in date. Sometimes things don't seem to have anything wrong with them. I agree that it's appalling.

My friend's never been arrested but some shops have started locking their bins since he started going through them.

FondantNancy Wed 28-Aug-13 17:15:55

chester I've heard (but not seen myself so don't know if it's true) that some supermarkets pour bleach into the bin.

Silverfoxballs Wed 28-Aug-13 17:21:34

Some shops do pour dye in to bins and I remember working in A Supermarket about 30 years so and everything went in the big crusher so it was ruined.

I have a friend that does this, not so much now as lots of shops now lock their bins.

LimitedEditionLady Wed 28-Aug-13 18:47:50

Is it legal?read it is and it isnt you see.Im quite intrigued with this as my neighbour is renovating and has a skip and so far seen six cars pull up and rifle through...wonder if they found anything good?

annabanana84 Wed 28-Aug-13 19:20:15

Thanks for your replies! I'm planning to go tonight around 11pm when it'll be quiet. Barely anyone will be around then as the shop shuts at 10pm. Im afraid someone might see me though and great shame will wash over me, but part of me feels like I want to use this food that's wasted and if people see me and look down their noses at me, then so be it.

LimitedEditionLady Wed 28-Aug-13 20:21:13

Oooh tell us what you get!how exciting!

Mandy2003 Wed 28-Aug-13 20:24:54

Let us know how you get on annabanana!

I live next door to a supermarket and a local pensioner regularly used to help himself from the bins. He thought the stuff was OK but once I was standing at the bus stop with him and the smell of garbage coming off his carrier bags was horrendous. They've moved the bins to a locked yard recently so he can't do it. I must say he looks healthier now!

CrazyHamsterdisguisedasatree Wed 28-Aug-13 20:25:08

Id like to try this but I doubt id be able to get back out once id jumped in grin

FondantNancy Wed 28-Aug-13 20:50:42

Good luck! Please report back.

ScornedWoman Wed 28-Aug-13 20:56:00

I did get arrested for this once, many years ago. Something about it contravening some local bylaw - apparently, once stuff is in the bin, it belongs to the local authority. I'm not sure how, though, if it's in a skip on commercial premises waiting to be collected by a private refuse company.

My son brings food home sometimes, usually bread. He's moving out soon and is planning to survive from the bins plus a £10 a week shopping budget!

LimitedEditionLady Wed 28-Aug-13 22:08:20

Oh so you can get arrested?thats mad.Its not like youre doing a midnight raid in the council tip!I cant see the harm,they dont bloody want the stuff!

milkwagon Wed 28-Aug-13 22:14:51

Technically it's theft - even if it's food that's been chucked out you're still appropriating property with the intent of keeping it as your own and doing this dishonestly by not asking the supermarket/getting permission to take it. Same with skips - it's still theft as the rubbish belongs to skip hire company. There's even case law whereby someone dumped rubbish into an empty skip & was found guilty of theft of the space in the skip. Sounds crazy right?!

LimitedEditionLady Wed 28-Aug-13 23:54:30

Ha everyone steals skip space around here,even my own nana sneaks out at midnight to chuck her old washing up bowl in lol

LeaveTheBastid Thu 29-Aug-13 00:06:12

I'd love to do this, just for a good nose of nothing else grin but I'd end up gettin stuck in it, I know it. I don't even know where the supermarkets near here keep their bins, never seen them!

I work for a food outlet along the lines of pret-a-manger. The amount of food we throw away is disgusting. We have a three hour turn around time on the hotplates then in the bin it goes.
Fuckung sickening waste of edible food. Fucking horrific that so many creatures dievto go into food that does not even get eaten.
I am looking for another job.

shakeandvac Thu 29-Aug-13 01:16:46

I'm intrigued by the idea, and think it sounds 'good' (for want of a better word) but it's not something I would ever be comfortable doing myself!
I just wouldn't be able to bring myself to do it.
However, if supermarkets really are throwing perfectly wrapped, good foods out, then I can see why some would do it.
I think it's disgusting that people can get arrested for it though like a PP. It's in the BIN! It's been thrown away and discarded! How on earth is it theft?!
If someone's going to make use of it and stop it from going to landfill, then how is that not a good thing?!

Mogz Thu 29-Aug-13 05:42:27

The Tesco near me has a great way of dealing with their bread, fruit and veg waste, it gets donated to the local zoo animals (and sometimes zoo keepers if there's a particularly good looking mango or two).

LimitedEditionLady Thu 29-Aug-13 08:21:33

Why dont they give it to a foodbank or homeless shelter?god im getting pretty mad now

MegaClutterSlut Thu 29-Aug-13 08:42:21

YANBU I would love to do this grin

When I used to work at a bakery, the amount of sandwiches, cakes, pastry's and bread that used to get chucked was shocking but no-one was allowed to take anything home, it all had to be chucked confused We were told if we took anything without paying for it first we would get done for theft....

Mogz Thu 29-Aug-13 09:47:13

I think they can't donate to shelters because they're not allowed to provide out of date food for human consumption. Silly rule as the date printed on food is really just a guideline.

shockers Thu 29-Aug-13 09:58:53

DS1 and his friends did this when they were at uni. He thought I'd be cross when he told me... I was quite proud at his fury at the waste.

They ate very well until the shops started locking the bins.

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