Monday Night I was bored and restless. I wanted to go outside and run down the backstreets of Melbourne, howling and cart-wheeling.
I think I am becoming addicted to dumpster diving. It sure beats television (well it would help if I owned one.)
Truly I could go out every night and bring home loads (and loads) of stuff; the greedy carrot-darkside of what I do, leading myself time (and time again) out into the night.
Even when I have enough already to last weeks, I feel I could always have a little more. A wonderful (very) cheap thrill indeed.
I mean there truly is so much discarded food out there; it is mind boggling really to think about what we are throwing away. A mountain of yummy edible food every day of the week, in every city across planet Earth.
In my travels I have only seen two other divers. Apart from these wild and wise characters, I am always alone, this is why I see no reason to leave food behind for others to take. I feel somehow if I leave what I can’t eat it, the food might end up in landfill and that makes me feel strangely guilty. It’s like I abandoned something in need of rescue.
Instead I share the surplus food with people I know. I explain to them my hobby before they chomp away, this is very important. People need to be aware of where the food they are offered was pilfered, they must make a choice whether or not to accept it.
Most people are positive though unsure and find the information hard to fathom. I see confusion, denial and a glazed eye withdrawal often. I don’t expect people to change their views about our gluttonous society instantly, the brain doesn’t work that way. People learn gradually and that is ok with me, I have all the time in the world.
Anyway philosophical nonsense aside; this is what I found last night.
Some new items from a new store I haven’t explored before. Usually The Reject Shop have their bins locked tight, but Monday night there was so much product in this bin that the lid had a gap enough for my arm to slide in. So this is what I hauled outta there.
Ritz in a Biscuit Chicken 175 gms x 25 boxes, Snack Stacks Sesame Snax Original 175 gms x 36,
Hero Jox Underwear (yes brand new!) x 20
Ringgrip Heater (new, no box) x 1, Job Squad Microfibre Rag Bag 350 gms x 1, Socks (new, yey!)x 12 pairs.
(new) Black Silver Ring Curtains x 2
Star Wars Compact Colour and Carry Coloring book! x 1 (Awesome!)
Then I went to my regular super market haunt and picked up………
Annapurina Roti Flour 5kg x1, Roma Tomatoes Large x 4, Avocados x 5, Salad Mix 280 gms x 1.
I haven’t revealed my sources in earlier posts. But as I am becoming a little greedy and are beginning to horde I will reveal the best source for fresh food in Australia by far. It’s a karma thing I imagine…..
And the winner is:
: Awarded for never locking their bins and throwing out heaps of perfectly good fresh food!
Thus my first tip for new players. 😉
Please note: If you are thinking about Dumpster Diving for the first time, please click on this post heading below. This discusses an important safety issue in handling food safely.
Loxley Smithett earthknight.org