It’s the ultimate in bargain hunting — salvaging food and other items that businesses toss every day, much of it in excellent condition. See if you have what it takes to dumpster dive. To complete this how-to, you will need: Heavy-duty rubber gloves Headlamp Broom handle with nail Stepladder or stool Duct tape Wet wipes Hand sanitizer First-aid kit Heavy-duty trash bags Coveralls Designated shoes Timing Restraint Partner (optional) Step 1: Check local laws Check with your local authorities to see if dumpster diving is legal in your area; laws vary from county to county. In many places it’s legal as long as you’re not trespassing. Step 2: Have the right gear Have the right gear: heavy-duty rubber gloves, a headlamp, a broom handle with a nail in it to hook bags, a stepladder or stool, duct tape to seal damaged bags, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, a basic first-aid kit in case you hurt yourself, and heavy-duty trash bags to cart off your haul. Step 3: Wear coveralls Wear a pair of coveralls over your clothes; when you’re done for the night, strip them off, stuff them in a bag, and take them home for washing. Set aside an old pair of shoes for your dumpster dives. It helps to have a partner to hold heavy lids open and stand outside the dumpster if you decide to climb in. Step 4: Time your dives Time your dumpster dives; the best time to hit food stores and restaurants is right after closing time, when they’ve thrown out what they don’t think they’ll be able to sell the next day
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