Monthly Archives: January 2014

Dumpster Diving for Drink Cups

I’ve heard from multiple people that it’s common to dumpster dive paper cups from fast food places, which can be refilled at the soda station.

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While some of the people dumpster diving for drink cups from are unhoused, some of them do have money for a drink but would rather not give Coca Cola or Mc Donalds their money.

Would you go in the garbage to grab a cup for a pop? Would the fast food place the cup is from have any bearing on your decision? Would you stick your hand in the trash bin, or would you just take a cup that happened to be left on a table?


Someone found what the describe as “his and hers scooters” – I personally don’t see a difference – while dumpster diving.

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Recreation items are really seasonal, with people tending to throw out stuff like snowboards at the end of winter and bikes when winter hits.

Have you found any sports stuff left out for garbage? Call it a second Christmas – and send us photos of your finds.

Peanuts Poster – First Dumpster Dive!

This Peanuts poster was dumpster dove from someones workplace.

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The person isn’t really into dumpster diving, but when they noticed this huge piece of art in the trash, they couldn’t resist. Instead of being in the bottom of a landfill, the Peanuts poster now hangs beautifully on their back fence.

Do you remember the first dumpster dive you did? Tell your story!

Dumpster Diving Animals

Dumpster diving animals aren’t just limited to humans.

These bears are going through the garbage – I wouldn’t want to get close to them!

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Here’s a couple raccoons getting some helpings from the best eats in the area!

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Animals need to find food more than ever, so you might be more likely to encounter other critters while going on a dumpster dive in the winter. If you see one (or more) step back calmly and give them space. After all, they were there first, so it’s only fair 🙂

Dumpster Diving Video – Dumpster Divine

Dumpster Divine is a short dumpster diving video, created for a challenge by Outtayourbackpack

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It’s about a dumpster dive gone wrong. Watch it to see what not to do when skipping with friends, and what can happen if you do!

Do you have any rules when you go dumpster diving with friends? Some people have policies like:
* Share the haul. If there are four bananas and three people, each person should get at least one.
* If there’s an odd amount of something, be nice with the booty. If your friend really likes strawberries, let them have it, and they will give you something else or let you have the next batch of berries you find.
* If you take too much to eat, give it to non freegans or others you didn’t go dumpster diving with (I’d recommend telling them where you got it from, so they can make their own informed decision on whether to eat it or not)