Dumpster Diving Freegan used TikTok to share videos of what they found in the garbage. During a recent outing, the user found tons of food abandoned in the garbage outside of a local Whole Foods market. In the video, which has gone viral, the TikTok user shows off what they found in the dumpster – and the haul is quite surprising since so much of the good still seems completely edible and in good condition.
The bread products in the video were unopened. Many of them had yet to expire, yet they were in the dumpster headed for the landfill. The TikTok user didn’t just find packages of bread – including expensive varieties – she also found olive oil and toilet paper in the grocery store’s dumpster. The haul’s toilet paper was the expensive organic type, and she also found a case of baby food that was still good to use.
Instead of consuming all the food themselves, the TikTok user explained that they managed to donate a lot of the found food to the local food bank. They also placed a call to the Whole Foods location, which is owned by tech giant Amazon, to beg them to please disposes of food better next time since so much went to waste.
Although the TikTok user posts a lot of content, showing off what they find in the dumpsters across their community, they were inspired to check out the trash at their local Whole Foods after seeing a video from a former employee. In the video, the employee, who had recently quit their post at the grocery store, explained that Whole Foods throws away so much food at the end of the day.
“This is everything that I found in one night at one location. There are nearly 100 loaves or packages of bread here,” she said as she panned the camera past all the packages of bread she found. Brands of bread included expensive varieties like Dave’s Killer Bread, Rudi’s Bakery, and Silver Hills.
“And the worst part is, none of this stuff was expired,” the TikToker said. “Everything that I found was at least two days before its ‘best by date and could have easily been donated, frozen, or given to people who needed it.”
The TikTok user realized that what they found in the dumpster was a lot of food and not trash. Sure, it might have been past its expiration date or close enough to be discarded, but none of it looked expired or even remotely bad for human consumption. In fact, most of the items appeared almost new – certainly still perfectly good to eat.
Whole Foods Market had not responded to requests for comments about what exactly led the store staff to throw away so much good food when it seemed like there was a simple solution available – donating or selling some of their stock of soon-to-be expired items. The company did, however, release a statement saying that they have strict waste management policies in place to ensure the food they have is disposed of responsibly.
Dumpster Diving Freegan estimated that she found about $1,000 worth of food behind the store.
What do you think about Whole Foods’ food waste?
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