Dumpsters contain new & useable, or repairable items for use or resale, even clean and packaged food (Supermarkets & restaurants throw out billions of dollars of food) and those who supplement their pantry with it swear by it and say they've never eaten so well in their lives (and never gotten sick).
A) a sport a popular hobby for the frugal C) an environmentally and socially conscious way of life
The answer is all of the above. As the name implies, dumpster diving (known as skip diving" in many parts of the world) is the process of scavenging trashnot always dumpsters, howeverfor useful or valuable items. Believe it or not, though, dumpster diving is quickly approaching mainstream status even in affluent countries. Whether youre looking to furnish your home, fill your fridge, or cash in on other peoples trash, this guide will teach you the ins and outs of dumpster diving.
Remember, one man's trash is another man's treasure!
Peeps are really missing out if they don't go DD'ing November 16, 2011 5:41 AM
One can find many ordinary folks at major chain stores that specializes in upper priced organic, vegetarian, and specialty foods digging through the trash. Some of those that frequent the dumpster buffet may live without homes, although many live in houses throughout the area. Many come in cars, some on bikes. Some come by themselves, but most arrive with their partners and families. Everyone though, comes for the food. When I meet people there, we talk and share stories. The food there is incredible. It is always amazing to walk away with food that was thrown out a few hours ago knowing that you could have paid too much money for it in the store. With this in mind, as we dig through the trash we also help each other grab various items, sometimes recalling that time we got a whole case of free wine or maybe that night we found a whole dumpster full of whipping cream! We trade items we dont want for items we do. Here is a package of hamburgers for that case of butter. Many people I have met take the food back to their homes and give it out in their neighborhoods or to their friends and relatives. What the rich waste, the poor claim for themselves. Often we exchange tips on other spots where we can stock up on food. Once, someone stopped in a car when they saw that they knew a friend I was with and exclaimed, You do this too? Sometimes the workers were afraid of their bosses giving them %#&!*% and tell us to scram. Sometimes they bag up some food and just give it to us. Lots of people depend on these stores being so wasteful that they throw food away almost every day.
there was a handsome feast at my home for the holidays, from turkey with stuffing and ham to little red potatoes and yams, corn, peas and asparagus, cranberries, sweet potato, pecan and raspberry pies, bananas in cherry jello, biscuits and rolls with real butter and it all came compliments of supermarket dumpsters with even whipped cream for the pies.
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I found an old broken metal drum recently - the musical kind. I reskinned it (if that's what you call it) and added a cover using a canvas from one of my paintings. I love the piece. I've always got my eyes open for what people throw away. There are real treasures out there.