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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    Post Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    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.

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    Have any of you ever done any dumpster diving, either recently or way back into the past?
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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.

    Have any of you ever done any dumpster diving, either recently or way back into the past?
    In college we got most of our furniture off the street. Amazing what one can find in NYC.

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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.

    Have any of you ever done any dumpster diving, either recently or way back into the past?
    No but I have learned the dumpster doggy paddle and the dumpster backstroke.
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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    ****, at the end of every semester, especially the spring semester, my college was [as in I don't go HERE anymore] a treasure trove - so much stuff tossed out not because it is bad, but because people didn't want to drag it all home.
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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    I have been dumpster diving for years. Most of my furniture has been given to me by people who no longer want it. I live in a wealthy part of Germany, and people often just empty their house and then buy more stuff, even if the stuff they had still looks new. The folks around here tend to obsessively keep their things in perfect condition. I also get a lot of kiddy clothes and toys for my daughter like this.

    When I lived in Ireland, I bought a lot of stuff in charity shops. People donate what they no longer want to the charity shops. Then the shop sells it and gives the profits to charity. It is a good way to get things like books, and childrens clothes and toys. When I got bored or no longer needed the stuff, I took it back to the charity shops, where it was resold. It is a very inexpensive way to aquire things.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Heck yeah, I'll grab something I see in a dumpster that still has life in it. I also shop regularly at Goodwill/Sally Ann's/etc. Seriously and in all honesty, easily 75% of my clothes and furnishings are NOT brand new.

    Is this embarrassing? Not in the least.

    The people who should be embarrassed are those who condemn and/or do not restore/reuse/recycle.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Years ago I was informed by a dept store employee that the store occasionally threw away broken or defective toys. She showed me the dumpster they used so I periodically checked the dumpster, Sure enough,about once a week I would find toys that could be repaired. all through the year a friend and I would collect and repair these toys and donate them to a local charity to be given to low income neighborhoods on Christmas.
    In addition to the good feeling it gave us, it gave me practice later when I had to repair my childrens broken toys.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Back in the late 80's when I was homeless we did it behind grocery stores and bakeries for food. In the 90's I did it to collect aluminum cans

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    I suppose I got my mindset from my parents. They were always finding new uses for old things, or taking bits from this to create that, and again, I don't see any shame in that. Quite the contrary, I believe that those of us who find or create new uses from things that others would throw away to have a FAR superior attitude and understanding of how to be a good human.

    Shame on those who think otherwise.

    Quote Originally Posted by country View Post
    Years ago I was informed by a dept store employee that the store occasionally threw away broken or defective toys. She showed me the dumpster they used so I periodically checked the dumpster, Sure enough,about once a week I would find toys that could be repaired. all through the year a friend and I would collect and repair these toys and donate them to a local charity to be given to low income neighborhoods on Christmas.
    In addition to the good feeling it gave us, it gave me practice later when I had to repair my childrens broken toys.
    country's story reminds me of (what I find to be) a crazily adorable story (I just LOVE my parents!):

    Mom and dad are both 83 years old. A few years ago, they learned that the privately owned grocery store in the next town over (at which they regularly shop) throws out marginally (i.e., only slightly wilted) fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis. 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.

    Can you imagine? A couple of 83-year-olds climbing into dumpsters with flashlights in the middle of the night !

    I'll say it again, I LOVE my parents, not only for what they've taught me, but also for how they live their lives: AS RESPONSIBLE AND PRO-ACTIVE EARTHLINGS!

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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?
    I've never been dumpster diving, but I love "junk" stores and Goodwill. If I see something on the curb that someone is throwing away, and I can use it, I will readily pick it up. Things cost too much to be throwing them away just because you don't particularly like them anymore. Besides, much of the old stuff is much higher quality than the new stuff.
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