A Dumpster Diver´s Paradise - The Reykjavik Grapevine

A Dumpster Diver´s Paradise

Published April 4, 2014

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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