SAN DIEGO — A San Diego man is eating from a dumpster for a week in order to spread awareness about the issue of food waste in the United States.
Rob Greenfield’s refrigerator is filled with about $200 worth of fruits, vegetables and bagels that look fresh and store bought, yet everything inside was handpicked out of local supermarket dumpsters.
Greenfield is known for “dumpster diving” while traveling around the United States on his bicycle. He stops behind grocery stores and shuffles through their trash to find food that the store’s workers have discarded.
“Some people will call it nasty, it’s just a matter of perspective,” said the 27-year-old Ocean Beach resident.
Figures from the National Resources Defense Council show Americans, including grocery stores, throw away roughly $165 billion worth of food every year.
Greenfield created the short film “21 Gourmet Dumpster Meals” to show “the flaws in the American food system and inspire people to be a part of the solution.”
To spread awareness of food waste in San Diego, Greenfield is hosting a community dinner party with “trashetizers” and “dumpster beverages” on Friday.
“It’s a classy affair so come looking good and ready for some delicious dumpster food,” Greenfield posted on his Facebook event page.