NO GOOD DEED… goes unpunished ?

PA Dumpster Divers Arrested For Helping Their Community

The average person creates an incredible amount of waste on a daily basis and the average grocery store is even worse. The amount of perfectly good food that goes to the garbage is far too high now that we’re living in an era of convenience. The United States throws away 165 billion dollars of food a year, which means over 30% of the food purchased in the US ends up in the trash. So next time you think about throwing out food, don’t. Make a sauce with those musty old tomatoes.

You can also combat food waste by getting inside a dumpster. Dumpster diving is a popular form of modern salvaging that helps environmental activists reclaim food waste. While you might cringe at the idea, It’s a great way for people to prevent good food from heading to the landfill. Don’t believe us? Check out our previous coverage on Rob Greenfield.

Rob Greenfield has launched a new campaign raising awareness around Tony Moyer and Sam Troyer, brothers-in-law who were recently arrested for diving in a dumpster at a CVS store in Hershey, PA. Although the dumpster is located in an open enclosure in a parking lot in plain sight, with no “No Trespassing” signs or locks, the men were charged with loitering and prowling at night as well as criminal trespassing.

 The video above shows that the pair have collected thousands of dollars worth of edible food from dumpsters and donate it all to people in need, with donation receipts to prove their intent.

Dumpster diving prevents food waste, plain and simple. It’s not something we should punish but it is something we should reward. Help spread the word about Tony and Sam and together we might be able to change the dialogue surrounding dumpster diving to the actual issue at hand: food waste.

3 Responses

  1. It would seem the police would have better thing’s to do then arresting people looking for food in the trash.

  2. The waste of not only food but everything is totally sick and out of hand. When there a basic needs like food and clothing the ones who should be arrested are the greedy people who have more than they need but will in no way share because someone who couldn’t buy it in the first place might actually benefit!

  3. Did you know that once items are placed into a trash receptacle it is no longer considered personal property in legal terminology? This is why police can get information in someone’s trash Depending on the time that the men were on the property would determine the Trespass charge.

    Lisa Davis Budzinski

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