A conversation about discarded pastries led to the bin dive that made me a food waste evangelist. During the pandemic, the company I now run distributed 90,000 meals to those who needed them
The first time I stuck my head in a wheelie bin behind the Tesco in Durham city centre, over 10 years ago, it happened quite unexpectedly.
I had woken up in the university library’s cafe. My nap between lectures had seeped into the busy lunch period and so, as I blinked back to consciousness, I found the quiet table I had nodded off at was now occupied by a Quaker couple eating sandwiches. My interest was caught by their conversation about foraged pastries.