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?
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.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?