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?

    "Will you say hello to my ma?
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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.
    Ya Think? *laughs* That was what I was thinking too.
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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by ronpaulvoter View Post
    With the economy sliding into depression, people are searching for new ways to make ends meet.

    One way is to recycle other people's trash.

    www.amazon.com/art-science-dumpster-diving


    Have any of you ever done any dumpster diving, either recently or way back into the past?
    Nope, it's absolutely disgusting, if you ask me.

    I lived in an old house a long time ago and it had a flooded concrete safe-house in the back (like a tornado shelter, it was partially underground and the door had caved it - it was moldy, flooded and the most stinkiest place I've ever had to be). Apparently that shelter was used as storage of a lot of crap. Everything from books to around-the-house items like kitchen accessories and so on for some reason. There was everything you could and couldn't imagine growing in there and living in there, too - magots and everything. It was putrid. The water was so stagnant it had a layer of scum on top where things had collected and started to rot. It was horrid.

    Well, we emptied it and tore the safe-house appart, got rid of it all and leveled the mound around it.

    We put the trash from the inside at the road - called the trash company and set a pickup date. Two days later that pile of years old disgusting crap was picked through adn half of it was gone, including some of the kitchen accessories.

    There's no way in hell any of that was sanitary - and some things would be impossible to clean. I can't imagine the filth that some people took home on those things and then infested their homes with.

    So, dumpster diving is beyond disgusting - you have no idea where some of that stuff has been or why it's being tossed out. Some things are trashed for a reason.
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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Yeah, my dear husband, who once left me for a year to trainhop around the country and live in squats, recently called management to report a vagrant on a bike rooting through our apartment complex dumpster for bottles and cans.
    You know you're getting old when stuff like that happens.
    I tried to convince him that the guy was just recycling and we should leave him alone, but he didn't want our garbage strewn all over the parking lot for everyone to see.
    Plus there have been some recent car break-ins and stereo thefts at the complex (including one of our cars), and so he's a little paranoid about sketchy-looking characters on the grounds.

    I think, when you're young, freedom is more important than security and material comfort.
    But when you get older, that paradigm gets switched around somehow.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Nope, it's absolutely disgusting, if you ask me.

    I lived in an old house a long time ago and it had a flooded concrete safe-house in the back (like a tornado shelter, it was partially underground and the door had caved it - it was moldy, flooded and the most stinkiest place I've ever had to be). Apparently that shelter was used as storage of a lot of crap. Everything from books to around-the-house items like kitchen accessories and so on for some reason. There was everything you could and couldn't imagine growing in there and living in there, too - magots and everything. It was putrid. The water was so stagnant it had a layer of scum on top where things had collected and started to rot. It was horrid.

    Well, we emptied it and tore the safe-house appart, got rid of it all and leveled the mound around it.

    We put the trash from the inside at the road - called the trash company and set a pickup date. Two days later that pile of years old disgusting crap was picked through adn half of it was gone, including some of the kitchen accessories.

    There's no way in hell any of that was sanitary - and some things would be impossible to clean. I can't imagine the filth that some people took home on those things and then infested their homes with.

    So, dumpster diving is beyond disgusting - you have no idea where some of that stuff has been or why it's being tossed out. Some things are trashed for a reason.
    Not to mention, you can't exactly SEE if things are infested with lice or bedbugs or fleas.

    Screw that ****.

    Anytime I have had anything worth re-using that I didn't have the time or energy to donate, I put OUTSIDE the dumpster. With a note: Free for the taking.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    Not to mention, you can't exactly SEE if things are infested with lice or bedbugs or fleas.

    Screw that ****.

    Anytime I have had anything worth re-using that I didn't have the time or energy to donate, I put OUTSIDE the dumpster. With a note: Free for the taking.
    Yeah - if I think something *is* takable I put a free sign on it, too - I've gotten rid of furniture, lamps, desks - all that stuff - I put it by the road and not with the trash adn label it as such.
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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by ronpaulvoter View Post

    Have any of you ever done any dumpster diving, either recently or way back into the past?
    Hell yeah I do a little dumpster diving every now and then. I have gotten file cabinates, bifold doors, coffee tables, shoe racks and all kinds of other things rumaging through trash,especiall if there is remodeling going on in one of the downtown buildings.
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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    In college we got most of our furniture off the street. Amazing what one can find in NYC.
    This was exactly how we furnished the pit of despair I lived in during undergrad

    1) Find sofa on street
    2) Bug bomb it
    3) Place sofa in living room until it gets rancid from parties
    4) Place sofa on roof of building, repeat
    People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glinda View Post
    Is this embarrassing? Not in the least.

    The people who should be embarrassed are those who condemn and/or do not restore/reuse/recycle.
    Yes, I too love the idea that I am recycling.

    I not only dumpster dive, but I take a bag full of my books and clothes and toys my daughter is finished with, when I travel to countries where these things will be appreciated. Books are appreciated by expats and travellers in any non English language country, and my daughters things are appreciated in any third world country where parents are struggling to feed their kids, let alone buy them toys and clothes.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    I have so much stuff that has been given to me, that I cant even use it all. I wish somebody would want a great marble bottomed with a glass top coffee table which I have had in my cellar for 5 years. It was given to me by a neighbour. I cant use it myself, because glass topped tables and kids dont combine well. It is is such a nice table though, that I hate to just toss it in a dumpster. I have a bunch of other stuff down there too, which was given to me. It will sadly probably be dismantled and put back in dumpsters.

    It is easy to get dumpster treasures here, but impossible to get rid of them. People rarely want anything secondhand.

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