Wikipedia wrote:Dumpster diving (known as skipping in the UK) is the practice of sifting through commercial or residential trash to find items that have been discarded by their owners, but which may be useful to the dumpster diver.
While writing this I am enjoying a couple of slices of very nice sultana and cherry cake, one of the several we rescued from a skip behind a certain UK supermarket.
For lunch today I had a rather nice home made curry which contained chunks of a salami found in the same skip which was still perfectly sealed in its original packaging and also well within its use by date. Very tasty. In that one haul we also got many tubs of mini meringue nests, a large sack of bread, yoghurts, oranges, Strongbow cider, and a variety of other stuff enough to please the ten or so people who were there. (Turns out that was a popular night to go.)
The amount of perfectly edible food supermarkets throw away really is horrific, and all of it ends up in the landfill. In mid-October my housemate picked a multitude of packs of Fiendish Fancies (Halloween themed French Fancies) that had passed there sell-by date over a fortnight before Halloween. It's just ridiculous that supermarkets can produce this much waste and still price smaller sellers out of the market while also making huge profits themselves.
And an important point, we always leave the skip in the same, if not a better, state, than when we first open it. Bags are always resealed and no rubbish is left outside of the skip, even if there was some there before hand.
So, does anyone else skip? And if you either have or haven’t, do you have any tips, views or anecdotes on it?