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!

fluffandnonsense Thu 29-Aug-13 20:03:34

I see what you mean, it's such a shame that since he supermarkets are making such a huge profit they couldn't invest a little something back by giving away something they don't even want or need!

ivykaty44 Thu 29-Aug-13 19:53:24

there is a new app for left over food

shockers Thu 29-Aug-13 19:50:32

That wouldn't work because they'd get canny folk who could possibly afford to buy it anyway, but would rather have the cash in their pockets!

They could give it to homeless shelters though, with the proviso that it was eaten within 2 days or disposed of ... back in the locked skips. It would probably be preferable to picking half eaten, left over Mac Donalds out of a bin... something I saw happen recently sad.

I did buy the guy something fresh to eat BTW.

fluffandnonsense Thu 29-Aug-13 19:09:54

What I can't understand is why don't the supermarkets just out it to one side with a sign saying 'free'. The homeless and people on low incomes could be given much needed support with things that would have been burnt byway! Plus the supermarkets pay by weight for the council to destroy the waste so surely it's a bonus for them too?

FondantNancy Thu 29-Aug-13 18:07:29

Oh no, OP! I think you do really have to be in the know though - which may involve a few missions. Know anyone locally who's had a go?

Such a fucking travesty that companies are ruining their food before chucking it. Ruining food while people go hungry?! Basic logic fail.

annabanana84 Thu 29-Aug-13 17:42:26

Well, I tried, but failed miserably! All the bins seem to be locked in sheds. What I thought where the rubbish bins are actually public recycling units. Damnation!

BionicEmu Thu 29-Aug-13 10:06:12

I asked my local Co-Op what they did with food past it's sell-by date. They have to ruin it then put it in the bin. For example, liquids (yoghurts, milk, juice etc)have to be poured out, bread gets ripped up etc. The staff aren't allowed to take any of it home. I think it's a disgrace to ruin perfectly fine food, especially given how expensive food is & how many people are going hungry. Thinking about it, this chucking out of past sell-by date food is probably contributing to the high cost of food too hmm

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.

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.

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....

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

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).

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?!

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.

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!

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

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 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!

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!

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

Good luck! Please report back.

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

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!

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

Oooh tell us what you get!how exciting!

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 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?

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