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Dumpster diving

Postby Something In Between » Thu Apr 13, 2006 10:06 pm

FUCK YEAH!


Anyone else had good scores?



Things I have found recently in Dunedin from two supermarkets on three seperate occasions.

Santiarian Vegie delights, soyrashers, soy fillets, (4 packets)
Sourcream (5 pottles)
Pesto (3 pottles)
Yogurt (1 pottle + 4 small chocolate ones)
Blue cheese (8 packets)
Other fancy cheese (7 packets)
Chocolate (3 blocks, + broken easter bunnys and eggs)
Pineapple lumps
Soft liqorice (5 packets)
Brandysnap Cases
Chocolate kisses (8 packets)
Crackers - meal mates
Chips - grainwaves
Canned Beetroot (dented) (3 cans)
Condensed Milk
Fresh mussels (found at the top of the bin in a bag.... figure theyre still good)




so some of these things, (brandy snaps, chocolate kisses), contain marge that has animal fat in it - would you eat it?
a lot of the cheese is vege rennet

this days I wouldn't BUY stupormarket cheese (I would buy organic though), or any bread (would buy wheatfree organic), but fuck I'm eating well!
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Postby PertHJ » Fri Apr 14, 2006 6:48 am

fuckin mean scores man.

It seems like most of the supermarkets around here have ginant fences around their dumpsters. Stink as.

I was walking home past a bakery last night and there was a box full of bread. Took a few loaves and left the rest for the who ever else. It was great,
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Re: Dumpster diving

Postby BanalityDUFF » Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:19 am

Something In Between wrote:figure theyre still good


/win

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guess its a awesome score for a vege =/

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Postby lena » Fri Apr 14, 2006 5:50 pm

woah dont eat the mussels man thats fucking rank

i'm way too much of a priss to dumpster dive
plus i figure people generally throw shit away for a reason
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Postby ignosam » Fri Apr 14, 2006 8:42 pm

sacarna wrote:plus i figure people generally throw shit away for a reason


yeh often ridiculous reasons like throwing out a 12 pack of beer cause one bottle in the box has smashed. Simple case of washing off the glass and voila! 11 free beers.
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Postby chrisbucks » Sat Apr 15, 2006 12:03 am

just remember theres a difference between BEST BEFORE DATE and USE BY DATE

A 'use by date' implies that the product should not be used after the marked date, otherwise you could become ill.

Best before means the product is designed to be consumed within the period but after that date it's still probably fine, but no garuntees. just it wont be at it's 'best'.


One reason for throwing stuff away is:
Promotional / marketing campaigns end , and the product is no longer relevent.

Defective products, where repair, return, restocking outweighs replacement cost.

Limited shelf space, it may be more profitable to dump old product to make room for recent / new products which are usually more expensive and bring greater profit and sell quicker. Retailers hate being stuck with a whole heap of stuff (eg: titanic on VHS) which no one wants to buy, so to make room for the incoming King Kong dvds or vhs they ditch it, or sell it to the warehouse or somethign similar.

Unfortunity because of greed, and as well as co-ordination its easier to burn it than give it away, and besides, giving stuff away ruins your potential market for selling more products.
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Postby PertHJ » Sat Apr 15, 2006 9:30 am

chrisbucks wrote:
Best before means the product is designed to be consumed within the period but after that date it's still probably fine, but no garuntees. just it wont be at it's 'best'.



Best before can simply be that flavours have oxidised out (faded/turned slightly brown) or other minor thing like that that would be undesirable to the customer but is perfectly healthy to eat.

It's great when you find like 8 bags of pre packaged salad (all still perfectly seedled up ) in the bins behind woolworths coz they were past their best by date (ie they MIGH have started wilting by that date).
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Postby lena » Sat Apr 15, 2006 12:28 pm

those prepacked salads always wilt and turn shitty before their best before date!!
especially rocket and shit, it wilts like a fucker.
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Postby PertHJ » Sat Apr 15, 2006 1:02 pm

they're probably not allowed (I'm sure that some staff still do)
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Postby kittenslayer » Sat Apr 15, 2006 1:54 pm

eating rubbish? 8O

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Postby the croc » Sat Apr 15, 2006 1:56 pm

I'm pretty sure that was part of our contract when I worked at a supermarket.
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Postby Dan Last » Sat Apr 15, 2006 2:21 pm

PertHJ wrote:they're probably not allowed (I'm sure that some staff still do)


i'd agree with that.
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Postby chrisbucks » Sun Apr 16, 2006 12:00 am

two possibilities: they probably do, and what you find in the dumpster is just the remains.

or: when you're on the job and your boss tells you to go throw stuff in the rubbish, you cant usually say "hey, sir, can i take some of them home?" cuz the boss usually says "no, i want it all in the bin, if you want it, you buy it"

taking stuff from the bins can be regarded as theft if the bin owners want to press charges, the contents of the bin are the property of the bin owner, and if they're city council bins then they are property of the city council. But i doubt anyone would be ghey enough to call the cops for taking shit from bins.

I know when i worked as a security guard we were asked to check no one was stealing stuff from the bins.... but then once the supervisors went home we always went to the bins and took all the good stuff.

Best times for diving for clothing, retail apparel etc is end of seasons, boxing day, just after easter, end of summer sales. If you have a friend working at say farmers ask them when they're about to bring in new stock, normally they'll dispose of the end of lines, such as summer clothes, or winter clothes which no one will buy out of season. Also items returned as faulty or wrong size after xmas often will be binned because restocking is annoying and stops them putting new product on the shelves, as mentioned before :P
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Postby ignosam » Sun Apr 16, 2006 2:16 am

Scored large tonight. Two shopping bags full of mostly stuff that had splits in them. Like rice and pasta. But still sweet as.

Oooo yeh if you check supermarkets around this time you should find heaps of easter egges that little kids (or people like me) have crushed in their hands and they've thrown out. Tip for vegans...crush the dark chocolate ones in the store and return that night for your treasures.
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Postby jo th'ippy » Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:47 am

Awesome. Dunedin is good for it - we took my van one night and did a dumpster-safari all round different supermarkets and got heaps of stuff. loads of veges that just had little bruises, bags of mushrooms, packets of that nice organic vege soup, pot plants!, fruit,... it was great.

People are always going in and scoring stuff out of the skipp bin from that 24hr super just down from the Octagon. (Think it's a Countdown?) It doesn't matter what time of day you go, and some of my more feral friends thought it actually worked better if you go in the middle of the day and just act like you're supposed to be there.

Pert - you're right that palmy pretty much sucks for dumpstering now that they put that huge fence around Countdown. Those wellington kids don't know how lucky they are with their undless bagel supply.

I pulled 2 bar stools out of a dumpster in Auckland a few weeks ago. Cool steel ones with brigt red tops rock'n'roll styles - so looks like they're straight out of 'Greese'. Furnishings for the new flat. 8)

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Postby Something In Between » Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:58 am

you can always climb a fence yknow...



I didn't end up eating the mussels they other day, I was a bit wierded out.


Last night I got:
5 blocks chocolate (cadburys)
about 40 packets of soft cheese (5 not-vego)
8 packets plain biskits (animal fat)
small yoghurt pottles (geletine)
toffeepops
dried apricots, raisans, currants
pack weetbix
2 labelless cans (pineapple I think)
2LTR juice
soy milk
hotcross buns, choc swiss roll, wholemeal buns,
a few courgetes, tomatos, apples, mushrooms, garlic, 1 small onion
rice
oatmeal

i now choose not to eat the products with meat/rennet/geletine in them, I'll try give them away.


while I was sifiting through the stuff, a butcher came out and said "you alright mate?" and put some rubbish in the bin. Then he went inside and another dude came out and said something along the lines of 'whats up' and I said 'getting the good food that youse throw out' and he said 'well thats alright then, we have had some probelms with people being aroudn here, but you''re alirght' and I said 'thanks for being so hospitable' << (might have been better to say 'so social', mreh).
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Postby akaxo » Thu Apr 20, 2006 12:30 pm

lots of good scores, 30 odd ripe avocados and corn chips on the same day once, casks of wine, fuck, heaps really. used to virtually live out of the skips of one supermarket when i lived in a warehouse in town behind one. ended up being fussy about what we took we were getting so much stuff, didn't bother with unwashed spuds etc.

worth going further afield than supermarkets too. stationary wholesalers are great, stuff gets thrown because of a crushed box corner etc.


chrisbucks wrote:taking stuff from the bins can be regarded as theft if the bin owners want to press charges, the contents of the bin are the property of the bin owner, and if they're city council bins then they are property of the city council. But i doubt anyone would be ghey enough to call the cops for taking shit from bins.


yep. been caught by cops, staff members and security guards at different times. the security guards ignored us, i've had staff go and get us stuff from inside once, fresher bread and buns etc, and the cops were basically just curious both times, shocked when i showed them the supermarket bags full of cans of tomatos, pasta etc we'd just got and told us they might start doing it too haha.

someone did get prosecuted for bin diving here a few years back, anal waste company...
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Postby BanalityDUFF » Thu Apr 20, 2006 3:46 pm

Akaxo wrote:someone did get prosecuted for bin diving here a few years back, anal waste company...


its food piracy. if you can't pay for it you dont deserve it, even if they're throwing it out.



i was having a look at the fence behind the countdown near the plaza in town, its not very big and doesn't have wires. might go try jump it one night, or get a friend to boost me up.

all this talk of free food makes me want some :x

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Postby jo th'ippy » Thu Apr 20, 2006 6:05 pm

Akaxo wrote:worth going further afield than supermarkets too. stationary wholesalers are great, stuff gets thrown because of a crushed box corner etc.


true! my friend bernard got heaps of computery stuff out of the harvey norman dumpster in dunedin. i don't know what it all was, but he came into arc with his backpack full up, and armfulls of it too. so muach that i felt sorry for him and gave his a ride up to arthur st in my van.

i wanna go dumpstering florists! :D

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Postby in_the_red » Sat Apr 22, 2006 2:29 pm

Mean as, I need to go dumpstering more often.

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Postby Something In Between » Sat Apr 22, 2006 6:12 pm

I checked the dumpsters In mot and found nothing.
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Postby original_sly » Sun Apr 23, 2006 2:08 pm

Someone who works at Countdown told me that the bakery puts all their unwanted shit into pig buckets and pig farmers come to get it, so there'll be no baked goods in their dumpsters.

I don't know what happens to all the other stuff though...

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Postby BanalityDUFF » Sun Apr 23, 2006 4:54 pm

original_sly wrote:Someone who works at Countdown told me that the bakery puts all their unwanted shit into pig buckets and pig farmers come to get it, so there'll be no baked goods in their dumpsters.

I don't know what happens to all the other stuff though...


i stuck my head in the dumpster the other night to have a look, but it was dark and i was drunk so couldnt actually see anything aside from these big white things (that were empty)

the dumpster smelt too much so i didnt have a proper look but it seemed to be just garbage :evil:

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Postby chrisbucks » Sun Apr 23, 2006 10:24 pm

my haul to date...

one 21 speed mountain bike with grip shift and front shocks, minus the wheels. apparently 'damaged goods' according to the person i spoke to.

a computer with screen, some seedy fetish porn was on it, it had been crushed or something but got the harddrive and a modem and other stuff out of it and the screen works.

skating wrist guards

various clothes and stuff.
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Postby jo th'ippy » Wed Apr 26, 2006 6:29 pm

Something In Between wrote:I checked the dumpsters In mot and found nothing.


the supermarket dumpsters in mot?
when i was last there they were still doing construction stuff at the back of new world and i suspected that they'd fence off their dumpsters.
i never got anything good from mot dumpsters so i quit trying.

where did you try?

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Postby Something In Between » Thu Apr 27, 2006 3:29 pm

I tried New world and fresh choice and some bakerys.

Couldn't find freshchoice dumpster. New worlds is surrounded by a 10ft fence, I climbed it and the dumpster was empty.
I was able to check one bakery and found nothing, the other bakerys had started working, and It was too sketchy to look.
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Postby Big Bird » Thu Apr 27, 2006 5:07 pm

the other night we got:

a black plastic rubbish bag full of bagels
a shopping bag of apples- there was SO much more, the bin was pretty much overflowing with them but i could only be fucked carrying so much, got enough for a brew of cider
a shopping bag full of lettuce
a big pot of tahini
a box of bread from behind arobake
heaps of keiche, paninis etc. and other non vegan cafe food
3 arano juice drinks
some mean apehanger handlebars for your bike

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Postby jo th'ippy » Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:30 pm

Big Bird wrote:the other night we got: some mean apehanger handlebars for your bike


for my bike? you're too kind! :D

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Postby BanalityDUFF » Fri Apr 28, 2006 2:18 pm

Big Bird wrote:a big pot of tahini


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Postby akaxo » Mon May 01, 2006 9:58 am

dumpster diving in mot :D prob too many people picking it up for pig food, pretty competitive for food scraps there. a friend of mine was in the local paper there cause she got photographed arse up in a clothing bin when she got stuck in it haha :lol: it was on the front page a few years back.

mot dump used to be great for all sorts of stuff but then the recycling centre opened so had to start paying for it. got some isopropyl and cabbage out of the pit there once :wink:
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