View Poll Results: Have you ever done any dumpster diving?

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  • Yes, I do regularly, and have done it for many years

    2 5.13%
  • Yes, occasionally, now and for many years.

    3 7.69%
  • Yes, just recently.

    2 5.13%
  • Yes, routinely in the past, but not now.

    2 5.13%
  • Yes, occasionally in the past, but not now.

    1 2.56%
  • I have done it just once or twice,

    3 7.69%
  • I have never done it

    17 43.59%
  • I have found a few goodies in trash and dumpsters

    6 15.38%
  • I have found lots of goodies in trash and dumpsters.

    1 2.56%
  • Dumpster diving is filthy, count me out.

    9 23.08%
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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    What does burning man have to do with sifting through maggot infested, rotten garbage? I don't recall doing any of that during my burn weekends. I do recall, however, graciously donating whiskey to the bar, food and water to people who needed it, and partaking in what other people were donating. I don't recall anyone sifting through any garbage cans, though. I probably would have vomited if they had
    Both Burning Man and dumpster-diving (and squatting, and the whole lifestyle that goes along with it) are ostensibly about anti-consumerism.

    Most people I've known who actually got food out of the garbage knew which restaurants to go to and when; at close, pizza places throw out all their "mistake" pizzas, still boxed; 7-11 throws out tied trash bags of unsold donuts and pastries very early in the morning, when new ones arrive.
    These were the kinds of things they'd get out of dumpsters.
    The bulk of their nutrients came from free feedings, which were ubiquitous in the area at that time to cater to the homeless youth population, and from the food bank at a place called Project Phase.

    I don't recall them ever eating anything maggot-ridden.
    In fact, they were food snobs; some of them were vegans. Nearly all were vegetarians.
    A couple of the most pragmatic referred to themselves as "Freegans"; they'd eat anything, as long as it was free.
    The bastards would only wash with Dr. Bronner's soap, too. Project Phase started giving it out for free, because if Dr. Bronner's wasn't available, they simply wouldn't wash, and they were dirty and at risk for staph and other illnesses.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    Both Burning Man and dumpster-diving (and squatting, and the whole lifestyle that goes along with it) are ostensibly about anti-consumerism.

    Most people I've known who actually got food out of the garbage knew which restaurants to go to and when; at close, pizza places throw out all their "mistake" pizzas, still boxed; 7-11 throws out tied trash bags of unsold donuts and pastries very early in the morning, when new ones arrive.
    These were the kinds of things they'd get out of dumpsters.
    The bulk of their nutrients came from free feedings, which were ubiquitous in the area at that time to cater to the homeless youth population, and from the food bank at a place called Project Phase.

    I don't recall them ever eating anything maggot-ridden.
    In fact, they were food snobs; some of them were vegans. Nearly all were vegetarians.
    A couple of the most pragmatic referred to themselves as "Freegans"; they'd eat anything, as long as it was free.
    The bastards would only wash with Dr. Bronner's soap, too. Project Phase started giving it out for free, because if Dr. Bronner's wasn't available, they simply wouldn't wash, and they were dirty and at risk for staph and other illnesses.
    Lovely. Is this supposed to convince me I should scrape my food from the bottom of a ****ing garbage can?

    I think not.

    I'm not so ****ing lazy. I'll work for my food, whether that means getting it from someone else and paying them for their time and labor, or if it means growing it myself. Like I said, I'd have to be on the verge of death with no other alternative to go scraping garbage cans.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    Lovely. Is this supposed to convince me I should scrape my food from the bottom of a ****ing garbage can?

    I think not.

    I'm not so ****ing lazy. I'll work for my food, whether that means getting it from someone else and paying them for their time and labor, or if it means growing it myself. Like I said, I'd have to be on the verge of death with no other alternative to go scraping garbage cans.
    I think the OP and many others were thinking of non-perishable items in the main, like the toys mentioned.
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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    When I was a kid, all the stores were on two long boulevards. There were alleys behind the stores where they kept their dumpsters. The stores would periodically dump some their unsold stock (this was before Ross and the like) mannequins and other store displays. My friends and I would check every now and again for goodies like that to play with, put in our club houses etc...

    I have never dived in a dumpster for food.

    EDIT: I realize though that for some there is no choice.
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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    I think the OP and many others were thinking of non-perishable items in the main, like the toys mentioned.
    Yeah, lots of good, usable stuff gets thrown away... but in order to take advantage of this situation, it helps to live around affluent, wasteful people, or in areas with a highly transitory population (for instance, as has been mentioned several times in this thread, college campuses).

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    Yeah, lots of good, usable stuff gets thrown away... but in order to take advantage of this situation, it helps to live around affluent, wasteful people, or in areas with a highly transitory population (for instance, as has been mentioned several times in this thread, college campuses).
    When I was in high school there was a local CD store that reguarly threw away perfectly good cds, and posters etc. My brother and I would often go back there and pick up all the cds they threw away, and then take them to another local CD store who often bought the cds from us. Since we were broke high school kids, it funded a lot of activities that might otherwise never have happened.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    I think the OP and many others were thinking of non-perishable items in the main, like the toys mentioned.
    Yeah, non-perishables that are immersed among perishables.

    I've not a seen a dumpster yet that I'd ever take anything out of. I've been so broke and strung out on drugs and alcohol that I lived in a shack under an overpass with homeless people sleeping on my porch and in my hallway. And even THEN I wouldn't have taken anything out of a disgusting dumpster. I've never seen a dumpster that wasn't utterly disgusting and didn't reek of rotting garbage.

    But hey, I guess if you can find a "clean" dumpster, then more power to you.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    When I was a kid my dad and I would drive around the industrial parts of Toronto and he would lower me into the bins after hours to look for furniture or hardwood that had been discarded.
    ........... it was pretty ghetto of him.


    I can identify with your Dad, because to me, "ghetto" is MDF and particle board with a plastic veneer. Hardwood is valuable.
    Otoh, He probably shouldn't have done that to you. Kids are highly sensitive about their image, regardless of the good purpose, so I'm sorry you experienced that.
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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    I've never been dumpster diving, but I have taken things friends were throwing/giving away. Heck, sense I'm smaller than 99% of my guy friends they give me some of their old clothes that used to fit them. There is no shame in shopping at goodwill or taking another person's trash or accepting old clothes and items from people.
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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I can identify with your Dad, because to me, "ghetto" is MDF and particle board with a plastic veneer. Hardwood is valuable.
    Otoh, He probably shouldn't have done that to you. Kids are highly sensitive about their image, regardless of the good purpose, so I'm sorry you experienced that.
    I sort of enjoyed it at the time... but hindsight is 20/20

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