Dumpster diving is the practice of sifting through commercial or residential trash to find items that have been discarded by their owners, but which may be useful to the dumpster diver. Dumpster diving is known as “skipping” in the UK; the term “dumpster” is American.The practice of dumpster diving is also known as bin-diving, containering, D-mart, dumpstering, tatting, or simply, recycling. A similar term is “binner” and is often used to describe people who collect recyclable materials for their deposit or resale value. Whatever we call it, these people are saving us from ourselves by keeping useful materials out of landfill.
Some people will break the lock or snap the chain, but others feel like if there is a lock they should just move onto another bin – sometimes because it’s too much trouble to unlock it, or they are worried about getting into trouble with the owners or the police.
I’ve personally never come across any food bin locked like in this image. The most secure bin I’ve seen has been tied up with rope and snap ties, which I was able to burn off with a lighter [NOT recommended. Scissors are preferable] All the food inside the bin was really rotted. I was disappointed, and also perplexed as to why someone would go to so much trouble to secure garbage.