Dumpster ethics

One big thing that we all need to realize when diving is that we are taking something that others make available to take. The owners of stores can easily lock their dumpsters and decide to let it all go to waste but they kindly choose not to. Keeping this in mind you should be aware of what you do around their stores and be respectful in the process. Clean up all and any mess you make around the dumpster. Basically just leave it the way you saw it, except for the treats you are taking home. If you abide by these good dumpster ethics then surely you will have a good relationship with the owners of the stores.

And speaking of treats last night a friend and I were able to score big with over 200 uncooked cookies that will keep well in a freezer!



Dumpster Pasta.


Ingredients: 8 tomatoes, some basil, 1 small Zucchini, 2 peppers, half an onion and as many garlic cloves as you need.

All free, except for the handmade noodles.

Winter Diving.

img_20170110_231339322The Winter is the best as the dumpster is basically a cool box for your food. Pick and choose what you like an leave the rest for someone else.

This was a little while ago at the beginning of the year.

  • 10 Purple Potatoes
  • 7 Bell Peppers
  • 8 Sweet Potatoes with 2 Yams
  • 1 Head of Broccoli
  • 1 Bunch of Celery

The Circle of the Dumpster.


One of the best things about diving is the fact that as you take and save items from the dumpster. You can easily give them back without feeling the wasteful nature of throwing  away food. What I mean by this is not to waste good food. But in the case where you just don’t want that item when you get back home then chuck it. Don’t just push it into your limited fridge space until it starts to smell funky. Have an idea of what you want to do with it before wasting your time with it.

Canning the rest.

Canning is becoming a new passion of mine as many times I have had to chuck the overflow of fruits and vegetables. The possibilities are literally endless. With a quick google there are millions of recipes available for any extra produce you find. I have made it a goal to learn how to do it and will update on the processes.

Vegetables and Produce

I’m no vegetarian as I love a good bloody steak but that is not what we are looking for. In the world of dumpster diving I keep meat off the menu. The chances of getting sick are just too high and one bad experience like that could turn someone away very quickly from the hobby.

The amount of abundant produce is well enough to fill anyone’s stomach to the brim. And the possibilities of cooking are literally endless. And that is one of the coolest parts of dumpster diving is that the you will have to be creative to be able to cook and prepare the endless possibilities. Some of my favorite recipes are: oven cauliflower roast, yam ginger soups and bell pepper with potatoes hash browns in the morning.