Tuesday, August 28, 2012

annual trash trawl

The annual inorganic roadside trash collection has begun in my area.
I cruised around in the van on Sunday & scored a 25kg bag of cement.
This year there are even more people trawling through the kerbside offerings - most of them after scrap metal, but there are lots of other goodies and freebees out there as well.

Monday, August 27, 2012

molded liver recipie

A recent freeganing trip netted a 350grm tub of (still chilled) chicken livers.
 A while ago while trash trawling I found a well-used copy of Leah W. Leonard's 1951 book of "Jewish Cookery" on p. 301 is the recipie for molded chicken liver ( a firm favourite with my Jewish friends):
"Combine broiled chicken livers,hard cooked eggs and greben. Run through food chopper, season to taste with salt, pepper, celery salt or garlic salt, add chicken or goose fat, or salad oil. Use as a canape spread.Top with tiny bits of pimento or green pepper, minced parsley or water cress, or stuffed olive.
Or press into a well-greased mold. Unmold on shredded greens and garnish."

OR on p. 382 Leah gives the recipie for "Chopped Liver and Peanut Butter"!:
"Two parts chopped liver to 1 part peanut butter makes a delicious spread".

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

salad days

A friend has groceries delivered weekly from the supermarket. When the delivery arrives, last week's veges get thrown away. We brought these home last night: mushrooms, apricots, an avocado, a pack of celery, & some spring onions.

For more of my dumpster diving, freeganing & trash trawling adventures see my blog trashzilla

Saturday, August 18, 2012

owairaka school project

Yesterday I was privileged to address  Room 16 pupils at Owairaka School in Mt Albert on the subject of making sculptures from pieces of bicycles. Bicycle parts were kindly supplied by Marissa Oakley Browne from the Waitakere Recycling Station in Henderson.
Watch this space for the results.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

world-wide food riots imminent

Let the Hunger Games Begin

Celsias.co.nz reports:
"The Great Drought of 2012 has yet to come to an end, but we already know that its consequences will be severe. With more than one-half of America’s counties designated as drought disaster areas, the 2012 harvest of corn, soybeans, and other food staples is guaranteed to fall far short of predictions. 
This, in turn, will boost food prices domestically and abroad, causing increased misery for farmers and low-income Americans and far greater hardship for poor people in countries that rely on imported U.S. grains.
This, however, is just the beginning of the likely consequences: if history is any guide, rising food prices of this sort will also lead to widespread social unrest and violent conflict.

In 2008 a similar scenario led to “food riots” in more than two dozen countries, including Bangladesh, Cameroon, Egypt, Haiti, Indonesia, Senegal, and Yemen. In 2010 a surge in food prices resulted in widespread social unrest, this time concentrated in North Africa and the Middle East....leading to the Arab Spring.

As for the current drought, analysts are already warning of instability in Africa, where corn is a major staple, and of increased popular unrest in CHINA, (my emphasis) where food prices are expected to rise at a time of growing hardship for that country’s vast pool of low-income, migratory workers and poor peasants"


This at a time when one third (yes 33%) of world food production is lost or wasted each year.
And in this 100% pure fantasy land of Saatchi & Saatchi (aka New Zealand) over 702,000 tonnes of organic waste goes into landfill annually.

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For a look at what goes into the bins at the back of our supermarkets check out the   section on this blog, and/or have a look at my new blog dedicated to this subject:


Tuesday, August 07, 2012

a visit to the waitakere waste transfer station

Last November I visited the Waitakere Refuse and recycling Transfer Station to see what happens with the stuff from our recycling bins.
I went with my chum Alan, and Marissa Oakley Browne showed us around.
Marissa is the Waste Minimisation Educator- Solid Waste Business Unit (Infrastructure & Environmental Services) at Auckland Council, in Mt Albert.

Many thanks Marissa.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

recycled art on tv

Another three minutes of fame!!
The skilled folks from Whitebait TV made a short doco on my dumpster diving and upcycling activities which screened on June 8 2012.

Watch by clicking on the image: