Vegan dumpster diving
Between 2012 and 2018, a study was carried out by the European Project “Use of Food for Social Innovation through the Optimization of Waste Prevention Strategies” to better understand the causes of food waste and its impacts.
Consumer behaviour, such as how to organize purchases, the storage of food in the refrigerator and the demand for energy to cook, play an important role in reducing waste. Dumping in dumpsters, or “dumpster diving”, is the practice of looking for foods that have been discarded, but are still in good condition for consumption.
The practice has been gaining strength in social classes that are not normally associated with the search for food in dumps. This can be a different way of dealing with waste and making use of available resources. Although best practices must be implemented by the public and private sectors, combined efforts.
Food containing animals corresponds to most food waste.
Selecting only vegan products such as fruits and vegetables is safer and easier to identify when it is not suitable for consumption.