An Aldi shopper has expressed her disgust after discovering huge amounts of dumped produce in the skip bins at the back of her local shop.

We’re not exactly sure why the shopper was snooping around in the bins, but we guess that’s beside the point.

The Aldi shopper shared photos of the bins filled with all kinds of food items, such as tomatoes, potatoes, fruit and bread. The items all look like they’re in pretty good edible condition, as reported in 7News.com.au.

“How about you pay attention instead to what’s going out your back dock and into the bins. Look at this!” said the shocked shopper in her post.

“Perfectly good food dumped by you EVERY SINGLE DAY. How much is that costing you?”

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Food found in Aldi bins | Pic via Facebook

“Literally Shocked!”

The post attracted lots of shocked comments and reactions at the sheer waste of food.

Aldi, however defended itself, telling 7NEWS.com.au that the supermarket “actively” donates to food rescue groups. A spokesperson said that it will only throw away food that is “inconsumable”. and only disposes of foods that are ‘inconsumable’ and pose a health risk.

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Pic via facebook

Not Much Is Thrown Away!

“We have a number of processes and policies in place to ensure that very few products on our shelves end up as waste. We will only discard product from our stores should it be unsuitable for sale or donation.” the spokesperson said.

Food rescue organisations can only accept food that is still of a “high standard” and may not be able to accept foods that are “considered a high risk, such as meat, eggs and produce.”

One person suggested that the supermarket should join a food composting program so at least food unfit for eating could be recycled.

Would you be shocked if you saw food dumped in supermarket bins? How do you think retailers should handle food waste issues?

  • That is just terrible, thanks for sharing.


  • This has been happening for years which is why there are people who are called freegans I think the word is who can supplement their food by rummaging in the bins and finding perfectly decent food. There are docs on it, it’s eye opening what is thrown away


  • I can’t see anything wrong with a lot of these products. Why can’t they open the bags of potatoes and sell the good ones loosely? Those tomatoes look better than some that I buy too


  • This is really shocking.


  • I remember seeing a shown in America about families who live off food they find in the bins outside super markets


  • Hope this is made prominent in the news – homeless people will be at Aldi stores to get some well needed food for themselves, especially the tomatoes that need no cooking. The charities should have been given first go at this, not just throw it out – but it will do some people a good turn if they are aware of it.

    • Yes I agree, it’s sad that it just goes to waste


  • I thought they would donate it. The food looks perfectly fine. Dont know why they dont mark it down half price


  • Our local bakery throws out bags of food into the dumpster, I know because my daughter used to work there, the owner wouldn’t even let staff take some home. I saw a muffin store throw muffins straight in the bin at closing time, not even selling them at half price to public. Such a waste and frustrating.


  • I have known people who live out of these bins. They take stuff and feed their families. Aldi’s could have donated these to Food Banks and Shelters and these places will come and get their Bread and potatoes and veggies to make soup for street people. It’s not hard !


  • It is supprising that Aldi do not off load to Organisations like Food Bank & Second Bite a there are lots
    of people who would be gratfull for some extra food to supliment there Megar rations.


  • This upsets me so much. I know it happens, and I know that it happens because of all of the food safety laws, but it just makes me sad. Sad for the wastage, sad for all of the people who go without food or cannot afford enough food. I just wish there were other options for it.


  • Looks like someone over ordered that week. I’m sure it wouldn’t be happening every day, it doesn’t make sense to loose that much money on dead stock.


  • Love the idea of food composting. It’s a shame they let the produce become that far gone.. greedy perhaps.


  • I hate food wastage so I would be really upset if I saw this. Could just be lazy staff, who knows. I think donation is a great idea and for those fruit and veg that can’t be used I agree with the suggestion of compost, maybe for a community garden?!


  • Around my way Aldi give it to local charity groups and each one has a set day to come and collect, Since Christmas vegies have been in short or no supplies. Bread is either a feast or famine. What the photos show is the sort of food Fair Share or Second Bite can use.


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