My dumpster diving map

I found all this bread in the garbage bins behind a nearby organic store around ten days ago. It was all “expired” but it was all perfectly fine. I took it home and threw it in the freezer. My roommates and I have been de-thawing it and eating it ever since.

This is just one little bit of the still-good food thrown out because of mostly arbitrary “best before” or “expiry” dates. I find this to be one of the most frustrating (if personally beneficial) things to see. Not only are so many resources (land, fertilizers, pesticides, cost of shipping, labor hours) completely wasted as a result, but the food just rots in a landfill while people in the real world are hungry. Needless to say, it’s an incredibly inefficient system

I think “dumpster diving” is great for a lot of reasons. It reduces waste, which in turn reduces the need to produce (and consume) new products. It fills bellies that otherwise might not be filled. Also: free food!

The world’s constantly evolving and hopefully one day dumpster diving won’t be a thing anymore. I think as more and more people become aware of the issue things will change for the better and a more efficient system of food distribution will emerge. In the meantime, however, there is a lot of food going to waste in dumpsters across the world, so I’ve begun work on a map that indicates the location of dumpsters that consistently produce good food (and other things too – second hand store dumpsters are often good for housewares).

I think a lot of people are interested in dumpster diving but don’t know where to go, how to do it, or are afraid to try. My hope is that this map will encourage dumpster diving and help to normalize the act itself.

Anyways, check it out if you’re interested (I know dumpster diving isn’t for everyone!), or if you’re like me and just like maps 🙂

A few things for tonight

I looked around a bit tonight but didn’t find too much. I did find this bag of apples, sitting on the top of a full trash bin. A guy nearby was bringing out stuff and I asked if they were his. He indicated that they weren’t and said “they’re good.” Then he casually took an apple out, took a bite, threw the rest of the apple in another trash bin, and said “very good.” Then he walked back to his backyard, where the name “Gerry” was emblazoned on the fence. I got a pretty good chuckle out of it. The apples themselves are fine and I’m not sure why anyone would throw them out. They look like local apples, and the bag was marked simply “Au Revoir et Merci” (Goodbye and thank you), so maybe they were given out at some event and the person who got them wasn’t too big into apples.

I found these things near my old place. The knives look brand new. The weights were slightly rusty, but the handles were in good shape. The 5 piece dish set was intact, outside of one of the smaller bowls being broken. There was also some wire which I figured was good for copper. I left the dishes and knives in a bus stop and the weights in someone’s bike basket (hopefully a good surprise, but maybe not).

I found these things the other day. I pulled these things out of a bag. A few good mason jars with lids and a decent large pot. I left these on a more busy street, hopefully someone got them.

Hopefully I’ll have some more stuff soon!

A collection of pins

And now for the exciting conclusion of yesterday’s post:

I pulled this box of pins from the forth bag from the right. It was in amongst a bunch of crumpled up newspaper from the 80s. The rest of the bag wasn’t too interesting, surprisingly, just food waste in smaller plastic bags.

Let’s take a closer look at the pins:

These pins are about movies or TV shows. Some big time names here, including James Bond, Conan, Indiana Jones, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Also a nice Muppets pin (“I’m a Fraggle Rocker”), a very creepy depiction of Jerry Lewis promoting his telethon, and a “I love Harrison Ford” pin. Some of these might be worth a few bucks to collectors.

Some miscellaneous pins. There’s also some wings for a TWA flight staff member. I think the guy on the far left (2nd up) is probably from a movie too, but I don’t recognize him. The “WAPP” one is for a New York radio station and was made sometime in the early 80s.

Some sports pins with some band pins. The Montreal Canadiens one is really nice.

Now some classic “phrase” pins. “Have you made peace with your parents?” is an odd one. I think it was made for a book by the same title, but still.

Some Star Wars pins.

And now some Star Trek pins.

More miscellaneous pins, including a definitely homemade “Ballet Builds Better Bodies.”

Some pins for different places.

And now my favorite pins. We have a nice vintage “Snoopy” pin, an “Equal rights for Smurfette” pin, “Think Metric” featuring Metric Mouse, a moon landing pin from 1969, and a funny pin that states: “I belong to the Han Solo school of action without thought.” I looked up the last one but didn’t find anything so I figure it’s home-made.

I also found this Japanese doll in a glass box (which needs to be glued in place again, and may be missing the top). The bottom says OMC, which stands for Otagiri Mercantile Company. I don’t know much about this, but it’s kind of cool.

Anyways, that’s all for now. Hopefully I find more good stuff today!