Monthly Archives: April 2013

Throwing out food – Why?

I’ve read some personal blogs from people who dumpster dive, and they often have photos showing counters covered with organic food. Why all the waste, especially with stores selling food which is supposed to be more environmentally friendly?

The answer is etched in class privilege and a lack of consciousness about the true cost of food.

Maggie, a dumpster diver who lives in Ontario, talks about the psychology behind throwing out food:

“These places throw away food that they can’t sell because it’s not beautiful. Most people who shop at organic places are fairly affluent; they will pay for the best. So if it doesn’t look perfect it gets thrown out — even though I’ve paid for stuff in worse condition!”

What do you think can be done to educate people and compel them to change their behaviour? Do you think this is even possible?

food, dumpster diving, throwing away food

This “trash” looks delicious!

– Dumpster Dan

Dumpster Diving Symbols

I came across this image for Dumpster Diving Symbols online.

Dumpster Diving Symbols

I’ve seen lots of tags by bins, but never anything like this. Have you ever seen these on the side of a bin? If so, where? Is it a regional thing?

Apart from word of mouth, do you do anything to show others good places to go binning? Or do you prefer to conceal your choice spots?

– Dumpster Dan


Look at all the meat these guys found. I would love to know where these people are dumpster diving!

Some people only eat meat if they find it, while others won’t eat it at all; and some, like me, do purchase meat. What are your feelings on the buying and consumption of animals and animal bi-products like eggs and milk?

Dumpster Diving Books

I was surprised to find some dumpster diving books at the local library.

Empire of scrounge : inside the urban underground of dumpster diving, trash picking, and street scavenging

No Tech Hacking: A Guide to Social Engineering, Dumpster Diving, and Shoulder Surfing

Have you found any books or zines about dumpster diving? Let me know, and I’ll add it to the list. If you’ve made a zine and are able to scan it, send it to me and I’ll post it!

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Dumpster Dan

Juice Smoothie

Making juice is one of the best ways I’ve found to use fruit that is too soft to eat or fruit you need to cut brown parts out of before consuming.

I put the fruit in a basin of warm water, scrub with unscented hand soap, and rinse. Then I cut the skin and any bad parts off, before putting it in the blender.

juice, smoothie, fruit

After the blender is full of fruit, I like to add some honey. This is the only non-dumpstered item, other than water, which is in the smoothie. Manuka honey is a natural antibiotic, and has a nice caramel taste.

manuka honey, honey

You might notice some stuff in the background – I like to reuse tea bags (placed on a paper plate, which would otherwise go straight in the recycling bin, to both soak up any excess water and also keep the counter clean) I find I can use some dark teabags 3 times! You just need to give them a bit longer to seep in the boiling water before taking a sip.

juice, smoothie, fruit

Now the smoothie is almost ready to go. Just add water until it reaches the top… No milk? Not necessary! Bananas provide the smoothie smoothness.

This smoothie contains:
– 2 bananas
– 2 peaches
– 2 pears
– Squirt of honey
– Water

If you remove the honey, it’s completely vegan (and still super sweet tasting)

juice, smoothie, drink

Done. Drink. Delicious!