About the Film

Dumpster Diving
It’s late at night when Murray straps on his head torch, grabs his back pack and goes to do his weekly shopping. At the supermarket instead of entering by the front doors he heads round the back, leaps over the security fence, and with a quick glance around to make sure the coast is clear, throws back the dumpsters lid and jumps right in. He disappears for a moment before he emerges grinning, a large block of cheese in his hand. Tonight’s shopping is off to a great start.

Close to 1million tones of organic waste is dumped in New Zealand every year. As the cost of food reaches record highs an underground movement of dumpster divers is rapidly gaining momentum fueled by consumers who are forced to look for creative ways to feed themselves and their families.

 Maybe you are beginning to think that these dumpster divers are a few sandwiches short of a picnic. But if the food the divers retrieve from the dumpsters is actually still edible why do supermarkets continue to dump it, when they could sell it at an “eat today price” or give it to food banks for redistribution?

Pumpkins in bin
$750 million dollars of food is wasted annually in New Zealand this could feed over 1 million starving African children for an entire year or ensure no New Zealand kids go without breakfast.

Perhaps we the consumers are to blame for this waste? Because we expect each item of food to be in pristine condition or else we render it inedible. Imagine if each week as you empty your rubbish bin you were to take out your wallet and put a $10 note in the bag. Why? Because statistics show this represents the dollar value of the food each of us throws away every year.

Food from the Trash
From Dumpster to Dinner Plate seeks to answer these questions as it follows Murray and his friends, otherwise normal people, who choose to fill their cupboards with food others have deemed inedible.  

Would you be a dinner guest at their table?