Feb 3 2016

Dumpster Diving in the Media

dddIn 2015 a journalist from RTL Klub, Hungarian media portal, decided to film dumpster diving and cooking. Apparently, this topic gets Hungarian media attention once in a while.

Here is the VIDEO.

The place for dumpstering: Fehérvári úti Vásárcsarnok.

The place for cooking: Elesztő.

The place of food distribution: Boráros square.

The people: Food Not Bombs Budapest + whoever comes with them + author of this blog.

There were some pieces of video from Germany, since the author of this blog did not consent to become a zoo: go somewhere in Budapest and dumpster in front of a camera.

Feb 1 2016

Dumpster Diving in Budapest in the Media

kukaIn 2010 journalists from Index.hu decided to make a video about dumpster diving and then cooking the dumpstered vegetables. The dumpster diving took place in the Central Market in Budapest. The journalist and the cameraman were following us while we were fishing for veggies from the market’s dumpsters. The journalist also joined the dumpster diving. After that one person from the group invited the cameraman and the journalist home, where they cooked a nice meal from the dumpstered food.

HERE you can find the article about this in Hungarian.

And HERE you can find the video

Sep 26 2012

Love and Trash Blog

“Love and Trash is a DIY blog for people who do things differently.”

Check a friendly blog out >>HERE.

Sep 25 2012

I Love Trash Film

I Love Trash is a documentary about dumpster diving. Two friends decide to do an experiment in trash. They rent an unfurnished apartment and arrive with only the clothes they are wearing and a flashlight. They decide not to buy any things for 3 months and instead to find all their needs in the trash. They furnish their apartment lavishly. They eat decadently. They dress sharp, and create beautiful art, all from the trash.

You can watch it >>HERE

Sep 19 2012

I Love Trieste

Welcome to dumpster diver’s paradise! Trieste, an Italian city on the border with Slovenia has a lot of treasure for the dumpster divers. Trash bins are full of food and stuff. Several hours walk may result in kilos of free stuff in your hands. The way we managed to carry all the stuff we dumpstered back to Budapest is still a mystery. It was like 2 persons + 10 bags + 5 cars = Budapest.

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Mar 29 2012

Thursday Evening Walk


After talking about food waste and hunger, I decided to put into practice one of the topics I covered during the presentation, namely dumpster diving in Budapest. As usual, Thursday is a dumpster diving day.

Recently I noticed that a lot more people compared to the previous year go in the streets and dumpster dive. It would be interesting to observe what they search for, as depending on their needs they are searching either for food, or stuff to sell or metal beer cans (to exchange them for money), or to find something interesting (this is what I am doing).

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Mar 28 2012

Wednesday Magazines

Today by pure chance I found some magazines on the top of the huge blue container for papers at the bottom of Gazdagret.

Jan 13 2012


Norway… Dumpstering? No Way!!! 🙂

Yes, it is possible. The truth is that almost nobody does this here. Maybe in Oslo people do it, I have no clue about it. But most of the country lives on social benefits, immigrants dive into trash for the bottles (1 bottle is ca. 20 Eurocent). ‘Poor’ means here that a single mother with three kids cannot buy them branded clothes or the bicycles of the latest model. And still they get social help that should be enough for several dozens families in, say, Zimbabwe.

Supermarkets here also close their trash. The city trash is quite often under a lock. But, of course, ther eare supermarkets that do not bother closing their trash bins. Who would even think of dumpster diving here anyway? Well, me!

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Jan 2 2012

The Canary Islands

Once I met some hippies who live in the Canary Islands. They told me that is is a great place to live as it is always warm (+18 in January in the daytime), so it is possible to live outside. It is quite good for making money by playing in hte street or selling some hand-made stuff as there are a lot of rich tourists there. At last, the islands are quite good for dumpster diving too.

Of course, it is good to hear 1000 times, but it is still better to see it and experience once. So, Dear Santa gave me a present – a week in Lanzarote, the Northern island of the Canary Islands.

The island was quite touristic, the sea coast was full with hotels and restaurants. I also saw some alternatively looking people playing music and pretending to be statues, as well as selling some ceramic and leather stuff. The temperature turned out to be high enough to live outside, even in January. One guy who was playing hte guitar in the street said he lived in a cave and it was wquite comfortable as there is almost no rain in the island.

Regarding the vegetation, the island looked quite rocky and desert like. It turned out that Lanzarote is of volcanic origin as any other ones in the chain, but the truth is that on this particular islands not many things grow. I saw mostly palm trees, cactus and some grapes. The locals say most of the food is imported from the mainland, primarily Spain, and other Canary Islands. So, the hope of getting local food from the island died.

Nevertheless, the curiosity took its power over me, and I tried to dumpster dive. There were several interesting encounters. First of all, during the New Year’s night a number of cafes put out some small packages outside of hteir doors. In one of the packages I found several pretty nice lemons. Then, there were some big trash bins, but the trash there was mainly from the restaurants and the houses, so, nothing really valuable.

Near the hotels I saw just a couple of interesting things that I did not really need: a pink child bag full of children clothes, and an insulating swimming suit.

The best part was, of course, the trash of one of the supermarkets. Most of them had their trash locked up, but I have found by chance one that had it open and accessible to the public. It just put out everything that seemed to be not OK just outside in the trash bin. Or in front of its door in case with the bread. You can see the results of dumpster diving in the supermarket trash.

Some vegetables, fruit, mushrooms and sauce (the expiration date is several months from the date when it was found in the trash). Dinner is ready!

The bread outside of the supermarket. Fresh and packed.

Some fruit, bread and the King cake – a traditional pastry for the Spanish Epiphany festival during the Christmas season (8 January in 2012)

Dec 27 2011

Wasted Food

“Americans waste more than 40 percent of the food we produce for consumption. That comes at an annual cost of more than $100 billion. At the same time, food prices and the number of Americans without enough to eat continues to rise”.

This is an excerpt from a blog WastedFood by an American journalist who is writing about food wasting in the USA. Enjoy reading WASTEDFOOD.