Question by daysgoneby2: Your opinion on the legality or common-ness of dumpster diving for boxes? (recycle dumpsters only)?
I know there are people on both extremes, some already think dumpster diving is so way below them….. others do it even to the point of for food.

I’m more looking for comments or answers from the rest of the mainstream who have, or at least would consider, grabbing something valuable from a dumpster.

And specifically, is there any real problem (or is a person likely to encounter one), grabbing cardboard (flattened boxes) from a cardboard-only recycle bin behind malls and stores, etc?

Best answer:

Answer by p
boxes are free at many no frills grocery stores

so WHY?

food is free at the local mission.

unless booze is a higher priority , then there is no reason anyone should eat garbage unless they choose to.

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2 Responses to Your opinion on the legality or common-ness of dumpster diving for boxes? (recycle dumpsters only)?

  1. Becky says:

    I have never been dumpster diving and don’t particularly see myself doing that but it seems to me that if you only would ask permission from whoever is in charge of the dumpster then that would eliminate any possible conflicts. If the dumpster is at the mall, just go to the office in the mall and speak with whoever would have the authority to give you the approval.

  2. Boston says:

    According to the law, dumpster diving is not technically illegal. However, if the dumpster is located on private property, it may be considered illegal trespassing.

    When I first moved out on my own I went to the local grocery store and asked for empty cardboard boxes. They directed me to a cardboard-only dumpster behind the store. I didn’t feel like I was breaking any law because they encouraged me to go back there.