Students Talk Dumpster Diving

Tallahassee, FL -- March 19, 2012 --

Students at Florida State University had a chance to learn what freeganism means and how it's not just a belief but a different way of living your life.

"Basically freeganism means, is kind of an against-the-grain philosophy for how you consume," said Brock Rasor.

Rasor and his girlfriend led a discussion and presentation about freeganism and dumpster diving. When you think of dumpster diving you think of using old furniture maybe clothes and toys. Rasor said you can find edible food that would go to waste if it's not collected.

"I've found everything from groceries food you know boxes of really good olive oil."

Grocery stores and restaurants throw away food that does not get used which can lead to waste. Rasor want to raise awareness about how often food is thrown out.

"You are using the waste instead of creating a higher demand when so much is being wasted."

Alex Saunders is the president of Ideas for FSU and says he went to the event to learn more about dumpster diving.

"One thing we want to really enforce in our program is sustainability. efficiency how do we get rid of these really old systems," said Saunders.

Rasor says he's been dumpster diving for four years. He now does it every other week. After four years he's never gotten sick from anything he's eaten.

What do you think about dumpster diving? Do we as a society waste too much food? Feel free to comment below.


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  • by ComputerJockey Location: Superior-ville on Apr 1, 2012 at 08:14 PM
    I have nothing better to do than place snarky comments on this website, insulting other people for trying to re-use my excess. Good thing I can judge others from afar for their efforts to raise crucial social issues. Wow, am I awesome or what?!
  • by REALLY on Mar 20, 2012 at 05:48 PM
    I think they wouldn't have to dumpster dive if they didn't toss their furniture after every semester instead of putting it in storage, then buy more furniture in a month or so...wasteful spending, I lived near campus and i have seen practically brand new mattreses and tv's tossed out along with clothing and other furniture, if they recycle their own things by putting it in storage then they could go let's see...publix, winn-dixie, revel's meat market etc.
  • by Dr. Ozzy Location: MY LAB on Mar 20, 2012 at 01:39 PM
    MMMM..BACTERIA AND MICROBE STEW, WITH SUPRISE CHUNKY-BITS!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM
    Today I scored an empty shoe box, a broken red pen and six paper clips daisy chained together.....yes! This afternoon I going to take the paper clips apart. 94 more and Ill have a full box.
  • by ralff on Mar 20, 2012 at 12:36 PM
    and if you let it sit for a day it makes a nice soup in the bottom of the dumpster....
  • by ralff on Mar 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM
    is this one of those degrees Rick Scott talks about when he says they have big loans for a nonjob
  • by plain nasty on Mar 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM
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      by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM in reply to plain nasty
      It is. It's trespassing and it's not a socially acceptable thing to do.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 02:40 PM in reply to
        The term "socially acceptable" is all based on your own opinions about society, so I don't think that's a very fair argument. Dumpster diving is illegal if stores have a) locked the dumpster, b) posted no trespassing signs, or c) put their dumpsters behind a locked fence. Otherwise, it's food that is not necessarily bad which is being wasted. I don't think that wasting food is a "socially acceptable" thing, either, but that's just my opinion, too.
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          by anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 07:29 PM in reply to Anonymous
          I believe this is wrong. The dumpsters are owned by a company and rented by the tentents or property owners. Also, the dumpsters are on private property. You cannont go into someone elses dumpster. At least that is what the police told us when we rented dumpsters for our business. The police told us to call them whenever we had problems with folks going into our dumpsters for any reason...to put something into it or take it out. And yes, we had so many people getting into the dumpsters that we did eventually have to lock them.
  • by anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 07:52 AM
    ever check out whats in the dumpsters of the thrift stores and charity stores??? They toss out perfectly usable stuff...often brand new. They toss out so much I no longer give to the charity stores.
  • by Sigh on Mar 20, 2012 at 07:49 AM
    to tired of idiots like you: Ah, playing the race card when you don't have a full deck. Nice.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Mar 20, 2012 at 07:45 AM
    Does anyone think about condoms,diseases, foodborne illness,etc that are lurking in dumpsters??? This is disgusting!!
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      by ralff on Mar 20, 2012 at 12:33 PM in reply to Anonymous
      i always wear a condom when i dumpster dive, but thanks for the tip.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 at 04:55 AM in reply to ralff
        well played, sir. well played
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      by sorry on Mar 20, 2012 at 10:52 PM in reply to Anonymous
      but the image of a condom "lurking" in a dumpster is funny.
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