Helsinki, the capital of Finland, offers many opportunities for freegans. Stading Aikapankki is a Community Exchange Timebank where you can exchange services with local currency Tovi. Kallio Sharetribe and KuinOma are examples of services that help you exchange, loan out and give away stuff. Dumpster-diving is a tad more difficult but there are accessible bins here and there. Besides, Finnish winters help to keep even dairy and meat produce freshly frozen.
- The Hakaniemen Kauppahalli (Hakaniemi) wastes food every day, although most stuff is thrown away on Saturdays as they are not open on Sundays. Especially the bakeries are worth asking. Be there at least half an hour before closing time. Mondays to Fridays it closes at 6 pm, Saturdays at 4 pm.
- S-Market (Hakaniemi) is known to be one of the popular dumpster diving locations in the center of Helsinki. As the gate will be locked, you should go there during the opening hours and do a rather quick dive. You will find the gate by walking towards 'Passivuorenkatu' among the row of houses on your lefthand side. As the employees recently began to sometimes pour yoghurt within the dumpsters, be prepared to get your clothes dirty.
- Valintatalo (Hakaniemi) could be a good spot to dive around its closing time at 11 pm. Simply enter the backyard/parking area around the corner of the building and you might find e. g. fruits, yoghurt and lots of expired, though still good packaged produce.
- Valintatalo (Tapulikaupunki) could be a good spot to dive around its closing time at 11 pm. Simply enter the backyard/parking area around the corner of the building and you might find e. g. fruits, yoghurt and lots of expired, though still good packaged produce.
- Valintatalo (Puotila) could be, apart from the two others mentioned, a good place to dive even during the opening hours. The dumpsters are also very easily accessible through an open backyard/parking area nearby.
- Alepa (Hakaniemi) requires a code to enter the backyard (2102A), although the bio-dumpsters have been recently locked and are not accessible anymore.
- S-Market (Pitäjänmäki) is quite easily accessible by crawling under the gate. No bypassers or onlookers. S-Markets are usually great for any kind of products.
- Siwa (Torkkelinmäki) could be a good spot to dive around its closing time at 11 pm. Simply enter the backyard through 'Agricolankuja' and you might find e. g. fruits, yoghurt and lots of expired, though still good packaged produce. Students' and bohemian neighbourhood communities are well aware of this spot, so you might have some competition.
- S-Market (Munkkivuori) could be another great opportunity to dive bread, all kinds of fruits/vegetables and other packed produces. The bio-dumpsters are now locked according to recent dumpster diving attempts.
- Kanniston Leipomo (Munkkivuori/Munkkiniemi) is a bakery open during weekdays and usually has dumpsters full of Laskiaspulla (sweet buns with jam and cream).
- K-Supermarket (Myllypuro), located close to the Myllypuro metro station, is a great place to dumpster dive, assuming you are around at the very right time. As I figured out recently, the gates of the dumpsters, which you can easily find on the backside of the building, are usually closed. However, it might happen that they are open the moment you go there. As you have to be kinda lucky to find the gates opened, it might be a better spot for people living in the area than for others though.
- Prisma (Malmi) seems to be, when comparing it with the Lidl dumpsters around the corner, a rather unknown spot and offers dumpsters filled with excellent goods of all kinds. Although it's not unlikely to get caught as there are always employees around, it should be worth a try. As soon as you the gate through a small side street of 'Malmin kauppatie', you walk up the stairs on your left, then on the upper level walk behind the blue trash compactor and there you will find five to six bio-dumpsters, next to the employees door. However, although you should be quite quick, I had enough time to get away when I heard someone was about to open the door from the inside.
- Lidl (Itä-Pasila) is probably as good as the other Lidl stores following this list. As the gate will be locked, you should go there during the opening hours and do a rather quick dive. You can enter the gates of this store through 'Ratavartijankatu'. The bio-dumpsters are located within a steelern cage on the left side of the upper level. Attention: It happened to someone to find in one bin, on top of the food, an empty broken bottle of drain cleaner. Pay attention as you take the food and make sure it's not contaminated.
- Lidl (Malmi) gates' are very easily accessible through 'Kauppakaarre'. It seems to be a well-known spot amongst locals though as the bio-dumpsters can also easily be seen from the sidewalk.
- Lidl (Tapulikaupunki)
- Lidl (Konala)
- Lidl (Pakila)
If you live in Helsinki, please feel free to join the dumpster diving group on facebook.
- Let's eat together - Facebook group where you can just go to eat at someone's else place (Helsinki group, but everybody can open new groups in any city!)
Froodly it's an app that shows you where to get discounted food, for the moment it's just working in Helsinki and you can't get stuff for free, but with time it may be popular in other countries and could incentive Supermarkets to give away food nearly for free (hopefully even completely for free!)
- There is the Roskalava HKI facebook group, which aims to tip its members of places where recent valuable trash has been seen on the streets, whether in residential or industrial areas.
- Kierrätyskeskus opened a free-shop in Lönnrotinkatu 45, 00180.
- Freeconomists have a group in facebook called Freeconomy Finland.
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