Ot: Dumpster diving

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Submitted by scaredyclassic on December 27, 2011 - 5:36pm

This might be weird, but curious if anyone here has gone dumpster diving for food?

We watched a documentary called dive! On Christmas and the kids were really eager to hit the supermarket dumpsters.

Submitted by urbanrealtor on December 27, 2011 - 7:00pm.

If you have a chance, I recommend reading the various writings of Aaron Cometbus (google him).
He was for many years an enthusiast and chronicler of the sustainable punk life and has eaten hundreds of meals from dumpstered veggies.

He also managed to turn me off on it forever.

And I eat some weird shit.

Submitted by urbanrealtor on December 27, 2011 - 7:01pm.

I would venture to say that I am probably one of the only people you know with an actual informed opinion on pairing fried crickets with Sake and weed.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on December 27, 2011 - 8:54pm.

Gonna buy cometbus' collected zines.

Submitted by UCGal on December 28, 2011 - 9:51am.

In college I had friends who lived near the vons (then safeway) and bigbear grocery stores on Adams Ave in (ab)Normal Heights.

They'd regularly dumpster dive the dumpsters near the loading docks. They'd make up big stews, soups, etc with the produce that was being tossed. They'd invite all their friends to dinner.

I didn't do the actual diving, but I ate a lot of the food.

I've definitely trash picked. Furniture, etc... I've got a chair that I found in an alley in college... it's a great chair. I've also got a pink mixmaster mixer - still works. Used it to make cookies last week.

Hey - reduce, reuse, recycle.

Submitted by afx114 on December 28, 2011 - 10:34am.
Submitted by scaredyclassic on December 28, 2011 - 12:38pm.

Portlandias dumpster video is hilarious.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on December 28, 2011 - 12:39pm.

We ventured out Christmas night to tour temeculas dumpsters. Probably the most fun family trip we've ever made.

Submitted by UCGal on December 28, 2011 - 2:14pm.


Love it.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on December 28, 2011 - 3:02pm.

Awwww!

Submitted by SK in CV on December 28, 2011 - 5:14pm.

I don't know if I should be embarrassed to say this...but what the hell.

I have no experience dumpster diving. I do, however, have a son who is apparently very experienced. He lives in a norcal old hippie town. Someone else mentioned the (urbanrealtor I think?) punk culture influence, and that's probably where he got it. He knows what days of the week to go to what stores, bakeries, restaurants, distributors. He doesn't get all his food this way, but a lot of it, shares it with his household, the household next door, etc.

I was visiting a couple years ago when one of his roommates came home with the weekly take from the commercial bakery. Expected a couple dozen loaves of 3 or 4 day old bread. Instead got a bag full of dope. Had to be 3 or 4 lbs. Not good shit mind you. Stems and leaves, no buds. Maybe remnants. But still.

Course that got shared all around too. The things people throw away these days.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on December 28, 2011 - 5:19pm.

Baked goods.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on December 28, 2011 - 5:22pm.

Studies show about half of all food on America is wasted. There may be an ethical requirement for some of us to eat from dumpsters.

Submitted by urbanrealtor on December 28, 2011 - 8:25pm.

SK in CV wrote:
I don't know if I should be embarrassed to say this...but what the hell.

I have no experience dumpster diving. I do, however, have a son who is apparently very experienced. He lives in a norcal old hippie town. Someone else mentioned the (urbanrealtor I think?) punk culture influence, and that's probably where he got it. He knows what days of the week to go to what stores, bakeries, restaurants, distributors. He doesn't get all his food this way, but a lot of it, shares it with his household, the household next door, etc.

I was visiting a couple years ago when one of his roommates came home with the weekly take from the commercial bakery. Expected a couple dozen loaves of 3 or 4 day old bread. Instead got a bag full of dope. Had to be 3 or 4 lbs. Not good shit mind you. Stems and leaves, no buds. Maybe remnants. But still.

Course that got shared all around too. The things people throw away these days.

Funny thing.
I have a recurring issue with gutter punks (the ones that sit there high and ask you for change as you walk by) parking in front of my office (we are near Ichiban).
One of the things I have said to them to get them to go is to remind that them that essentially, I am doing the same thing. Please don't crowd.

Submitted by urbanrealtor on December 28, 2011 - 8:26pm.

Of course I did grow up in a norcal old hippie town.... but anyway....

Submitted by scaredyclassic on December 28, 2011 - 8:41pm.

I've read begging can be a relatively decent paid gig if done right.

In teems of hobo lifestyle I envied a guy who travels the nation by bike w a pushmower on a trailer and does lawns.

Submitted by afx114 on December 28, 2011 - 11:37pm.

urbanrealtor wrote:
Funny thing.
I have a recurring issue with gutter punks (the ones that sit there high and ask you for change as you walk by) parking in front of my office (we are near Ichiban).
One of the things I have said to them to get them to go is to remind that them that essentially, I am doing the same thing. Please don't crowd.

Those must have been different punks (cruster vs gutter?) than the ones on the Vermont St bridge who always offered me a hit off their joint rather than begging for change.

I loved those guys.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on January 4, 2012 - 7:27pm.

Got my cometbus' omnibus. Smells like smoke but it was cheap. Excited!

Submitted by LuckyInOC on January 5, 2012 - 12:49am.

This just up...

The Big Waste on Food Network

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food-network-...

Just seen the ad tonight...

Lucky In OC

Submitted by sdduuuude on January 5, 2012 - 1:58pm.

walterwhite wrote:
Studies show about half of all food on America is wasted. There may be an ethical requirement for some of us to eat from dumpsters.

Studies show that 75% of studies are flawed.

Submitted by The-Shoveler on January 5, 2012 - 2:02pm.

WW Was that you making noise digging in our can ???
I thought it was another Cat.

Gezzzes stay out of our can man,

Just kidding.

Submitted by briansd1 on January 5, 2012 - 2:36pm.

sdduuuude wrote:
walterwhite wrote:
Studies show about half of all food on America is wasted. There may be an ethical requirement for some of us to eat from dumpsters.

Studies show that 75% of studies are flawed.

My own observations show that it's its true. Just watch kids and parents put food of their plate they don't eat.

Watch Americans eat. There is always piles of food and paper napkins on the table. Wasteful and unsightly.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on January 5, 2012 - 8:44pm.

I found 9 unopened liters of olive oil, discarded cause one in the case broke and got oil on the others.

Submitted by moneymaker on January 5, 2012 - 10:22pm.

Nice find! Olive oil is expensive these days. Reminds me of a guy that worked for food for less who shall remain anonymous. Said when working the night shift stocking, some things would accidently get dropped,discarded,and eventually found their way into his house. He said he could have easily lived off the amount of food discarded though it would not have been a balanced diet.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on January 5, 2012 - 10:45pm.

Also got 5 bags of sun dried tomatoes ... Kids say well get more varied dietvsince we will eat strange foods dumpster diving

Submitted by svelte on January 6, 2012 - 12:54am.

Reminds me of when we lived in CV and I was taking my two toddlers into the house. A car slowly drove by.

"Pssst! I work for a meat distributor and have some extra meat in my trunk. Wanna buy it cheap?"

Uh, no I said. My family's health is not worth saving a few cents.

Furniture, art, maybe even clothes may be okay out of a dumpster. But never something my family will consume.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on January 6, 2012 - 8:21am.

The front of the store may be as poisonous as the back of the store

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