Green Issues with Agy Interview

Skip Scavenging

This month, I was thrilled to be interviewed from Singapore by Agatha Lee from Green Issues at Agy [click on link in red above].  She was interested in finding out about Dumpster Diving.  RUDE shared its experiences of Skip Scavenging.  Agatha indicated that as far as she is aware this is an uncommon thing to do in her country.  I gathered it was something that would be frowned upon and probably illegal.


2 thoughts on “Green Issues with Agy Interview

  1. That was a great article, Karen, and I hope it’s inspired plenty of people to think twice before they chuck stuff out.
    I know you choose not to go for the food that’s pitched out by supermarkets and the like because of those silly use-by deadlines, but 20 years ago in the US I knew people who were rumoured to provide their party (and no doubt their own) food from what they’d sourced from dumpsters. It was only when I saw them fish a partly eaten water melon – big heavy thing! – from a public waste bin in a park that I realised those stories were true. I did eat their tasty party dishes, once only, and am still here to tell the tale! No weird tastes, all looked and smelled delicious, and I didn’t get food poisoning.
    Skip scavenging for food in the UK has been in the news and on reality TV programmes, and it was especially interesting to see the reactions of dinner guests at a young woman’s house, a true eco warrior, when she explained that this was how she and her housemates lived. She offered a choice of scavenged and shop-bought items, and her conservative guests ended up eating or trying everything and seemed to get her point, enjoyed the discussion. Not that they were likely then to follow suit.
    As for useful miscellaneous stuff, I do have a couple of friends who’ll happy pluck items from skips outside people’s houses – asking first or maybe not – but I’m yet to come across your British counterpart, someone who goes to the tip deliberately to see what they can find. (I did it as a kid with my grandfather!)
    I recently asked at my local tip if I could look for a replacement glass microwave plate was told to rummage in the piled up microwaves. I found a couple and was told there was no charge. Maybe I AM your counterpart after all!
    There’s still a wide range when it comes to how well managed our tips are in the UK – some let you buy stuff and others don’t – and I think if I tried doing what you and Dan get up to I would be chased. Actually climb over the side of a skip/dumpster, bum in the air!!
    Maybe after the Festival of Thrift in Darlington this coming September I’ll hook up with other like-minded folk around here, get organised and do what you and Dan do. Must be a lot of fun, not to mention satisfying and worthwhile. Keep up the good work!


    • My apologies for the late reply to your post Glynis. I have been very neglectful of my blog. I know you will understand why. I have so much else that I contribute to on-line and now it’s Twitter as well! We have not been scrip scavenging of late because we haven’t seen any bins around. However we are always down our Tip Shop scavenging around the bins. Yes the shop has bins and the contents go direct to landfill. I was there yesterday and saved a bundle of clothes and textiles from this fate. I will REuse and REfashion some of them and the rest will go to my sewing bee group at the local charity shop. This group swaps clothes and shares fabrics for wearing, sewing and crafting.


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