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 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.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    Like, O - M - G. GERMS! So Gross!!! Like Totally!
    Germs not really what I was thinking of. If germs were the only concern that could easily be killed off with a proper washing.

    It was the microbial infestations, fungus and mold spores, magot larvae, mites, ticks and other things that I would lean on to declare something impossible to clean or foolish to actually take inside a home.

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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.

    I had a crazy rich Aunt that did not take the trash out of her mansion for roughly thirty years. Boy that place was a mess.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    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.
    When I was moving from Cali, I was just so overwhelmed with packing up my whole place by myself that I didn't take the time to take things to Goodwill that I wanted to get rid of. So, I put a bunch of stuff sitting outside the dumpster area with a note above the pile, stuck to the wall that encircled the dumpster area. It was ALL gone the next time I went to the dumpster, which I thought was awesome. And, if I'd ever seen anything I wanted that was presented in the same manner, of course I would take it. But to jump into a disgusting dumpster and rifle through what could easily be ridden with lice, ticks, mites, bedbugs, mold, and who knows what else? I think not.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    I've never done it for cash or anything of the like, but as a kid, there were times I'd be walking down the street and see something interesting in someone's trash can and I'd take it home. Haven't done it since I was about 10 though.
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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    ''Mom and dad now regularly visit the loading dock of that store after dark, to collect lettuce and tomatoes and whatever else, which they feed to their chickens, which produce eggs for them and their neighbors.''

    My parents pick up pieces of coal and wood that fell off trucks, which were delivering fuel to peoples houses. They have an open solid fuel fire place. They also buy fuel, but they would add to it with what they could find.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    18% state that dumpster diving is filthy,count me out..
    I say that waste is much more so, and there is far too much of this...
    And I'll bet the "greenies" are just as wasteful and anyone else.
    I started diving before there were dumpsters; 20 years ago, I dove for wood(heat and projects). There is nothing dirty about this.
    Kudoes to those who do employ this method of economic survival.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Sanitary?
    How many know its definition?
    Those people who dive do know what they are doing.
    And I for one would love to go through the "crazy" old aunts so-called junque.
    IMO, the true crazy ones are those who live in fear.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    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.
    A friend told me that he put something on the side of the road with a FREE sign, and it stayed there. So he took off the free sign, and put up one that said FOR SALE. Someone stole it the next night.
    Nowadays you can use Craigslist. When I have something I no longer want, a CL ad in the FREE section will usually do the trick.
    When communities have their annual junk pickups, there is a LOT of stuff put out. In our AZ neighborhoods, there will be trucks galore cruising the streets with people picking out the good stuff.
    We have a night stand and an entertainment center we got that way...
    Add in thrift stores and yard sales, it is easy to furnish a house as long as you aren't too fussy about things matching...

    Won't do mattresses, tho.....those have to be new, and comfy.
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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Last year, I was driving through the ritzy neighborhood where my brother lives, and saw a practically new toilet by the side of the road waiting for the trash guys to pick it up, and made my kids help me put it in the trunk. My boyfriend was rehabbing his ghetto shack* and toilets are expensive.

    When I was 22, my girlfriend and I rented an apartment in salt lake city and furnished it totally out of the leftover furniture from the apartment complex's storage area. We both slept on used mattresses, we had a used kitchen table/chairs, used hideous scary couch (that we covered with a blanket) and used coffee table. We didn't have a television between the two of us, we were young and poor and right out of school working entry level jobs.

    I didn't think much about it, that stuff was a lot cleaner than couches I'd slept on at frat houses in my friends' rooms. Now, I'm pretty sure I couldn't do it, but I have bought used stuff at garage sales and goodwill. My bed frame is used, as is my kitchen table and coffee table at my house. I have a brand new high def LED television sitting on a used cabinet I bought from goodwill. lulz. Nobody even suspects, I think. But the couches, mattresses, etc. are all new except for the one in my son's room. He sleeps on a brass bed that my grandma slept on when she was a kid. Same mattress and everything. It was in my parents' house for 30 years at least.

    *he refers to it as an investment property.
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