Are you really interested in Dumpster Diving?
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Dumpster diving (known as skipping in the UK) is the practice of sifting through commercial or residential trash to find items that have been discarded by their owners, but that may be useful to the dumpster diver.
Traditionally, most people who resort to dumpster-diving are forced to do so out of economic necessity, but this is not the case today.In many cities, Binners or bottle collectors search garbage cans and dumpsters for recyclable materials that can be redeemed for their deposit value. These binners earn on average about $40 per day for several garbage bags full of discarded containers.
Some dumpster divers self-identified as freegans aim to avoid their ecological impact by living exclusively from dumpster dived goods.
Dumpster diving, used in support of academic research, is a tool for garbologists, who study the sociology and archeology of trash in modern life. Others, because of their profession, may use dumpster diving as a method of procedure for private investigators, police, and others seeking information and material for official purposes.
By reusing resources destined for the landfill, dumpster diving becomes an environmentalist endeavor (and is thus practiced by many pro-green communities). The wastefulness of consumer society and throw-away culture drives some individuals to rescue usable items (for example, computers) from destruction and divert them to the less fortunate. Some see it as their only way of making any money or getting some needed goods in bad economic times.
Irregular, blemished, or damaged items that are still otherwise functional are regularly thrown away. Discarded food that might have slight imperfections, that is near its expiration date, or that is simply being replaced by newer stock is often thrown away despite being still edible. Many retailers are reluctant to sell this stock at reduced prices due to the belief that people will buy it instead of the higher priced newer stock, that extra handling time is required, and that there are liability risks.
Arguments against dumpster diving often focus on the health and cleanliness implications of people rummaging in trash.This exposes the dumpster divers to potential health risks, and, especially if the dumpster diver does not return the non-usable items to their previous location, may leave trash scattered around. Divers can also be seriously injured or killed by garbage collection vehicles. Further, there are also concerns around the legality of taking items that may still technically belong to the person who threw them away (or to the waste management operator), and whether the taking of some items like discarded documents is a violation of privacy.
Dumpster diving is practiced differently in developed countries than in developing countries. In many economically developing countries, food is rarely thrown away unless it is rotten. In countries like the United States where 40–50% of food is wasted, the trash contains a lot of food. In many countries, charities collect excess food from supermarkets and restaurants and distribute it to the needy
Sometimes dumpsters may contain recyclable metals and materials that can be reused or sold to recycling plants and scrap yards. The most common recyclable metals found are steel and then aluminum.
Legality of Dumpster Diving
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. Dumpster diving per se is often legal when not specifically prohibited by law. Abandonment of property is another principle of law that applies to recovering materials via dumpster diving.
Police (and possibly other) searches of dumpsters and like discards are also generally not violations; evidence seized in this way has been permitted in many criminal trials. The doctrine is less well established in regard to civil litigation.
Companies run by private investigators specializing in dumpster diving have sprung up as a result of the need for discreet, undetected retrieval of documents and evidence for civil and criminal trials. Private investigators have also written books on “P.I. technique” in which dumpster diving or its equivalent “wastebasket recovery” figures prominently.
Dumpster Diving Films:
- Dumpster Wars: Reno’s Trash Politics
- Spoils: Extraordinary Harvest
- Surfing the Waste: A Musical Documentary About Dumpster Diving
- I Love Trash
- The Leftovers
- From Dumpster To Dinner Plate
Dumpster Diving Blog Posts:
It is always sad to see unused household items and excessive trash collecting on the side of a road. When you see this rubbish in a natural area, the feeling of sadness can turn into grief. Illegal dumping is an uncontrollable problem that had a negative impact on America’s environment for many years. As time [...]
Went out tonight for Mexican food. Got an early morning tomorrow morning so we decided to have some Mexican food and a mango margarita, a strawberry one for my hubby.
There are some foreclosed homes on the corner, abandoned properties, but full of fruit trees. There were quite a bit of lemons and tangerines on [...]
Question by : Would you ever go dumpster diving?
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Answer by I’m Always Right
Is that where you found your face?
What do you think? Answer below!
Question by 6: Have you ever been dumpster diving, and what has been your greatest find on your quests?
Answer by Jimmy C
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Went to our usual stores, good finds as usual.
Frappucino drinks (one was broken and they threw out the entire pack)
Once again the law of manifestation works. When I need something or buy a small portion of it, God sends [...]
People throw away their leftover restaurant meals cause they take the suggestion of the waitress/waiter and realize they are too lazy to carry it to their cars once they leave. Check restaurant strip trashcans out front. Starbucks throws out loads of breakfast sandwiches every evening. Check dumpsters behind bakeries, coffee shops, pizza joints [...]
I forgot to post these before, but here are some quick videos of a couple of dumpster dives I did earlier this summer! It was a lot of fun, as always! I’d love it if you’d comment, rate, and subscribe! Thanks for watching!
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Question by : dumpster diving in oshkosh wisconsin?
does anyone know good places for dumpster diving in oshkosh wisconsin?
Answer by twistedtart
Try the upscale condos and apartments if there is such a place around there.
Never dumpster dive in poor neighborhoods. You won’t find anything of any value.
Give your [...]
Word of advice, plan for the worst thing possible. Which in this case would be to bring a tent and sleeping bag everywhere. Our day of travel included riding trains for 9 hours. Which would be exhausting in most cases, but being adventurous travelers, we had decided on the couchsurfing option of travel. All my [...]
Question by Rick: What are some of the hazards of dumpster diving? ?
Answer by jbird
disease or infection, you can cut yourself and it could get infected, but the biggest hazard is never knowing what ur gonna find, you could cut your hand, then find a body, and the person has AIDS, [...]
Question by : good places for dumpster diving?
i’m doing an assemblage project for art and im gonna go dumpster diving. my sister would normally go to lowes or something like that. anyone have any suggestions about good places for dumpster diving
Answer by tigrizzle
I don’t know whether your town also [...]
I’m sitting in a German McDonald’s writing on an iPhone while two 4 year olds run around talking in German and crawling under tables while I look after our luggage. The title of this trip is called Germany on the cheap because traveling is quite the contrary to many people’s thoughts, quite cheap. We stayed [...]
Check out these dumpster diving images:
Two sacks of bread and four PhD students
Image by Zane Selvans
We pulled two full garbage bags of pretty darned fresh bread out of the dumpster, about 50 loaves in all. It was enough to completely fill all eight of our panniers. [...]
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Image by andy54321
Graphic designers dumpster dive for schwag after NEXT, the AIGA national design conference. One of the pieces they were going for was the city guide I helped to write. It featured an illustration by Jason Thielke cut into eight [...]
Question by lizzy a: what are some pros and cons with dumpster diving?
also how does it compare with regular grocery shopping. i have to do a compare/contrast essay and need help setting up the basics
Answer by just a chick
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Question by Vordel: How to dumpster dive where I live? for people who dumpster dive?
A new interest of mine is dumpster diving. Some people may think its gross, but I don’t. I already know how to be safe about it a bit. Just curious, when is it the best time to go for [...]
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