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?

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  • Interesting, composting rather than throwing it away would be smarter.


  • Without knowing the full story from Aldi it’s hard to know if the food was still edible or if it had been contaminated. There should be better processes in place everywhere to reduce food waste


  • I’d be shocked to see produce of that quality dumped.


  • If that’s what they are throwing out surely they could donate it to a soup kitchen or something. Some needy people could have made a good meal out of that stuff as it still looks like it could be a good meal.


  • Definitely they should either donate it or if they sell very cheap people will find a use for it


  • Hmmm a lot of this definitely still looks edible to me!


  • This makes dumpstetlr diving seem a good idea


  • I find Aldi selling mouldy fruit or veg almost every time I am in store so I am not surprised by how much they throw out. I assume everything is previously frozen and once defrosted doesn’t have long before it expires. I think they should be donating to shelters, schools, hospitals, and emergency services.


  • I’ve seen many stores donate food products to kindergarten and schools also some have a basket out the front offering for free a shame to see profit before giving anything


  • Yes, I’d be shocked. With so much hunger in the World (including Australia), surely someone/charity would love to have this product donated to them …..


  • It’s terrible to see so much food go to waste especially as a lot of it seems okay. On the other hand, people would complain if they were offered food for sale that wasn’t up to scratch.


  • It’s a shame to see food go to waste


  • Wow I would love to know why these can’t be consumed? They look perfectly fine and should be donated.


  • Why cant this food be given to charity groups or homeless shelters to be given away or turned into a hot meal to be distributed to those in need?

    • Apparently Aldi does donate food to rescue services so hopefully this was an anomaly and there was an issue with the produce


  • Woolworths donate there food to Ozharvest maybe Aldi should do they same


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