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  • is dumpster diving a crime if you are olny looking for recyclables?

    Question by narie w: is dumpster diving a crime if you are olny looking for recyclables?
    i want to dumpster dive. but i hear its illegal. but i heard its illegal because of identity theft. but if i went through the trash to look olny for plastics, metel, glass, and paper that will be shredded in a shredder. would i go to jail if i did this? i olny will do this to recycle. thats all.
    in virginia
    im doing this to earn money for charities and to help the envirement!

    XD

    Best answer:

    Answer by daniel_97202
    if you toss stuff out it is considered to be public property now, but on that the dumpster itself and the land it sits on is not public

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    2 Responses to “is dumpster diving a crime if you are olny looking for recyclables?”

    1. Do not be surprised when you are looked at like a weirdo!

      But no police officer is ever going to cite you for trespassing for dumpster diving unless you jumped a fence or disregarded a trespassing sign to get to the thing.

      Your basic garden variety trash cans behind grocery stores and department stores are fair game man.

    2. The supreme court ruled in California v. Greenwood that there is no expectation of privacy for your trash. As a result you may go through trash left on the curb. However, you may not climb fences to get into closed trash areas.