From Iceland — A Dumpster Diver´s Paradise

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photo by
Páll Hilmarsson

It is estimated that the average Icelandic family discards upwards of 140.000 ISK worth of food each year, reports RÚV.

“[Iceland] is a paradise for dumpster diving,” said Andrea Burghess at Slow Food Reykjavík’s food waste seminar at the Nordic House yesterday. “I haven’t dared [to dumpster dive in Iceland] much but I’ve gone on my own now and then. For me it’s not really an issue of money but a way of life or a protest.”

During the seminar attendees were invited to eat a variety of dishes made from food found by dumpster divers in the capital.

“The only thing we added that we couldn’t find was about half a litre of oil and some salt,” said chef Dóra Svavarsdóttir who helped prepare the dumpster buffet and insists all that is required of a dumpster diver is a bit of common sense and a good sense of smell.

“I’m just starting out so I am still a bit prejudiced against [dumpster diving] but I think the project is really cool,” said seminar attendee Anna Ágústsdóttir who admitted the food was really delicious.

“I’m not sure what I am eating, but it tastes good,” said fellow attendee Imur Dögg Gísladóttir.

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