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Dumpster Diving - August 7th 2017, 10:12 AM

Earlier today I was reading an article about dumpster diving and it got me thinking about food wastage, and I know for sure that a lot of supermarkets and fresh produce places throw a lot of food away simply because they look gross or they're imperfect or the tins has a dent in it or it's past it's expiration date. My friend does dumpster diving for food and she recently got all of this free, straight from the dumpster. http://imgur.com/xxTnxnl

Would you dumpster dive for food? Yes or no, and why?

I personally would do so, because I don't like wastage, and I'm from a family who doesn't believe in wastage, so everything must be used. Everything has a purpose. Most of the things that they throw out is fruit and vegetables all the good stuff is on the inside, the outside is mostly peeled off and discarded.


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Re: Dumpster Diving - August 7th 2017, 10:38 AM

Erm, idk about dumpster diving for food. Sounds risky to you own health having to go through other people's garbage looking for food. Plus I don't think it's even legal in my country to do such a thing. To an answer your question, no I would never dumpster dive, even if I knew someone was wasteful. It's their stuff, let them do what they want with it.
   
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Re: Dumpster Diving - August 7th 2017, 02:20 PM

I am extremely picky and paranoid about food, so I wouldn't dumpster dive for food. However, I put maybe because I wouldn't be as hesitant to dumpster dive for non-food items if it was allowed in certain areas. For instance, some big box pet stores throw out perfectly good items (e.g. good, unused fish tanks or extra stock items that they aren't going to sell). There are people on YouTube who solely post videos about finding new items behind chain stores. But, even then, that maybe leans towards a no because I think dumpster diving would probably make me anxious so I would be more likely to watch someone I know do it than to dumpster dive myself.


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Re: Dumpster Diving - August 7th 2017, 04:38 PM

I'd be too afraid the food is contaminated in some way. I wouldn't have known where the food was before they threw it out or why it was there or what it came in contact with. I wouldn't want a foodborne illness.


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Re: Dumpster Diving - August 7th 2017, 05:17 PM

We actually used to dumpster dive a little bit, but never for food. I would never do that for food.

Although we actually did get a popcorn machine at one point, but we cleaned that and even then we didn't really use it.

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Re: Dumpster Diving - August 7th 2017, 07:31 PM

I might do it for items other than food but I would be worried about getting sick if I tried it with food.

That being said, if I didn't have a lot of money or was struggling to afford food I might do something like that. Although, to be honest, I would be more likely to go to a food pantry.

I know, Starbucks is or was working with a company to distribute all their unsold food to food banks. It would be great if other stores followed suit because food does go to waste.


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Re: Dumpster Diving - August 9th 2017, 12:20 AM

I can't stand touching other people's food. Also, I'm pretty germaphobic, and the idea of violating the 5 second rule makes me uneasy. Violating that rule after a minute makes me wanna puke.
If I was flat-broke and desperate, I'd probably steal before I did dumpster diving.


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Re: Dumpster Diving - August 9th 2017, 07:57 AM

I would totally dumpster dive for food, especially if I was living an overall minimalist lifestyle (which I dream of doing). However I think it's illegal in France so that would hold me back from doing it unless there was somewhere I knew I'd have easy undisturbed access to.


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Re: Dumpster Diving - August 9th 2017, 12:07 PM

How about not going through other people's bins but supermarket bins? I looked into a bin the other day as it was nearing closing time and I saw loads of vegetables that looked a bit wonky but however still fine..

I wouldn't take meat or dairy as I know that is really harmful and you could get sick from food poisoning and salmonella, etc. Fruit, vegetables, anything in tins are fine. Would you still dumpster dive?


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Re: Dumpster Diving - August 9th 2017, 03:35 PM

I wouldn't for food. But stuff like thrown-out furniture, books, appliances, etc, sure.


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Re: Dumpster Diving - August 9th 2017, 10:11 PM

I wouldn't for food or for non food items. I would be too creeped out about germs.
   
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Re: Dumpster Diving - August 9th 2017, 11:17 PM

I would never do it. Simply because I enjoy the finer things in life, and while its materialistic and possibly snobbish, I refuse to go through garbage to find things.


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Re: Dumpster Diving - August 10th 2017, 01:16 PM

I'm on the fence. To a degree I'd say yes because it's all good food, but the idea of going into a bin, regardless of what type it is, gives me horrible thoughts of germs and whatever else. On the other side, there's a lot of good stuff thrown away in them. In fact there's a lot of good stuff thrown away from shops in general.

All in all, most likely not unless I'm extremely desperate. However I would most certainly press for that supermarket/shop to donate their waste produce and goods to a local food bank or similar. Where I live there are a fair few homeless people, or even in the city I study at university. The food thrown away could be used to help keep them going and help to ease their concerns of having to constantly ask/beg for money to buy food all the time.

Any other food that's past its best before date could easily be sold off as excessive stock to clearance stores or websites such as Approved Food where they purchase short-dated or excess stock thus providing the supermarket with some income and customers can save money on a whole boatload of items that would otherwise be sold at full price. Not only that, farmers/manufacturers must be having a fit knowing all the hard work that went into growing and producing such products has only ended up in the waste bin.

At the current time, no I wouldn't. In the future, if I was desperate.


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Re: Dumpster Diving - August 11th 2017, 12:57 PM

I would not dumpster dive for food or anything edible. However, I might for something that good thrown away which is still in good condition. I'd worry about broken glass and rusty nails, though; so I probably wouldn't anyways.
   
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Re: Dumpster Diving - August 17th 2017, 02:15 PM

Not quite. But as a chef i used to kindly put good food to the side of the dumpster(it dissapeared quickly). Problem is i had to throw it out due to health codes-even if the can is just slightly dented. U could always ask the chef/manager for food waste. Its a tax write off too.


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Re: Dumpster Diving - August 17th 2017, 11:01 PM

I think that is different, though. Do you mean you'd leave it out for the animals or someone less fortunate/unable to afford the food/homeless? Because I wouldn't consider those people to be dumpster diving, because it's theirs to take.

Another reason I wouldn't dumpster dive is that it might be illegal and is considered trespassing. Sure, someone threw it away, but it's the concept that the rubbish bin serves a purpose. It belongs to the town or waste management company. That sounds completely geeky, but just my two cents.
   
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Re: Dumpster Diving - August 18th 2017, 02:13 AM

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I think that is different, though. Do you mean you'd leave it out for the animals or someone less fortunate/unable to afford the food/homeless? Because I wouldn't consider those people to be dumpster diving, because it's theirs to take.

Another reason I wouldn't dumpster dive is that it might be illegal and is considered trespassing. Sure, someone threw it away, but it's the concept that the rubbish bin serves a purpose. It belongs to the town or waste management company. That sounds completely geeky, but just my two cents.
If ur starving i dont think ud care of its illegal. And yes id leave it out for the needy. Made sure animals didnt get it though. Lol


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Re: Dumpster Diving - August 18th 2017, 05:24 AM

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If ur starving i dont think ud care of its illegal. And yes id leave it out for the needy. Made sure animals didnt get it though. Lol
I definitely agree and I think that goes back to the way we treat homeless people as a whole. They aren't allowed to panhandle especially in certain areas. They may have homeless 'camps' set up and cities will go out of the way to make those camps illegal so the homeless have absolutely no where to go and shelters are over run. It's pretty much 'illegal' to be homeless. It might be different in other cities but I know my city is really cruel to the homeless. They are currently trying to get rid of a homeless camp and a few years ago they did the same exact thing to another homeless camp.

That being said, I like your idea of talking to chefs/stores about food waste. I know there are some places that are really cool about it. I've been in Starbucks a few times in the past and gotten free drinks because they got the order wrong etc.


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Re: Dumpster Diving - August 18th 2017, 03:58 PM

I dont know where u are but chances are theres an Anonymous park feed nearby(part of opsafewinter). You should be able to find one on facebook if it interests you. Just a bunch of activists and hacktivists flaunting the law by feeding the homeless and giving out clothes, hygeine products, etc. Some also run homeless shelters out of their homes and such. U sound like youd like it.


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Re: Dumpster Diving - September 2nd 2017, 02:00 AM

I would not dumpster dive, but I commend those that do and can understand completely. I remember going to a barbecue with my family a couple of years ago, at the Royal National Park, and when I opened the bin to get rid of something, I saw an entire tray, 24 sausages still wrapped in the plastic. If I was there on my own, I would have grabbed it and started dancing in the street to celebrate my luck.
   
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Re: Dumpster Diving - September 2nd 2017, 02:27 AM

I don't think I would ever dumpster dive unless I was really, really desperate - and even then, probably not for food if I could help it. Just too much risk of germs. But I understand why other people do it, especially for non-food items or things that can't perish.


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