BBC shines the spotlight on Pagpag
Most Filipinos eat their leftovers as a practical way to save and minimize food waste but for some, consuming other people’s leftovers is a way of life and a means to survive.
BBC recently released a documentary featuring recycled landfill meat, locally known as pagpag and followed the leftover food’s journey from the garbage bins of fastfood restaurants, to the dumpsters, until they are collected and washed, cooked, sold and consumed again by poverty stricken Pinoys.
“My boss gives me around $6 a week after he sells the pagpag,” Renato Navarro Conde, a pagpag collector said. He also shared that he spends around roughly 9 hours a day collecting scrap meat from the dumpster.
After delivering the meat, a pagpag merchant removes the meat from the bones, washes them and uses them to make different dish which he sells in his carinderia in a poor community.
Ice deliveryman Nonoy Morallos is fully aware that his favorite carinderia uses recycled meat from the dumpsters but pays no mind.
He says that he likes eating pagpag because they are tasty and he knows that they are prepared well by his suki.
“Its about having a strong stomach. Us here? We are used to it,” he said as takes in another spoonful of his order.