And sometimes other produce, too- all without having to dumpster dive. How? It's EASY. Talk to your local grocery stores. All of them, if need be. Get ahold of the produce managers. Ask them about past-due produce. For example, Publix (a Florida store) pulls all of their bananas as soon as they get spotty. They pretty much throw them out, more often than not. When I specifically asked for some spottier bananas, the produce manager offered to let me have as many as I want for free! Spotty or badly bruised bananas, especially when they're starting to get really soft and mushy, are the BEST for banana nut muffins! This is because all of the sugars in them start to surface and carmelise when they get too ripe. It makes the muffins sweeter without needing to add more sugar. And best of all, I can get as many as I like for free! I can do this sometimes with other fruits as well, especially kiwi, which are most excellent (and sweeter) to me if they've been in the fridge for a week or two. Apples (if I could eat them) would be excellent at this point as well, for pies and strudels. As another poster recently asked, there are a bajillion things you can do with some past-due produce, especially if you have a freezer! Get talking to your local produce people today! One of the commentors also brought up a great point- composting! Anything thrown out often goes in a landfill. Because much of the stuff that goes into landfills does not get enough exposure to break down properly, it just sits there forever. Even produce. I take whatever vegetables and fruits are going too bad in my fridge and chop them up, then toss them in with a bag of organic potting soil for my indoor potted garden. My plants are growing much faster, much bigger, and much stronger since I started doing this! The cats are very happy with their lush potted grass now.