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    Question by No one in particular: Is dumpster diving legal in the following states?
    Is dumpster diving legal in the following states.
    Vermont
    New Hampshire
    Massachusetts
    New York
    Maine.

    Links to the relevant state laws or actual experience appreciated.

    Best answer:

    Answer by laughter_every_day
    Trepassing is illegal in every state. Almost no states have special law concerning that particular type of trespassing.

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    3 Responses to “Is dumpster diving legal in the following states?”

    1. And I remember the head of the welfare department of Oregon suggestion dumpster diving for limited income people just a few years ago.

    2. Because dumpsters are usually located on private premises people may occasionally get in trouble for trespassing while dumpster diving, though the law is enforced with varying degrees of rigor. The California v. Greenwood case in the U.S. Supreme Court held that there is no common law expectation of privacy for discarded materials. Dumpster diving per se is probably legal when not specifically prohibited by state or local law. Abandonment of property is another principal of law which applies to recovering materials via dumpster diving.