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.
Rob Greenfield went on a cross-country bike trip across America, and pretty much lived from dumpster diving. He dumpster dove 70% of his food!
“Boy is this dumpster a treasure chest!” – Rob Greenfield
Would you consider making a trip like this? If so, would you go full on freegan, or would you budget some money in for buying food?
You might want to check out this previous entry, which looks at the various barriers faced by people who would want to go skipping but are unable to. It really helps put stuff into perspective, and allows those of us who can and do dumpster dive to recognize it as the awesome privilege it is.
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)
Check out this Dumpster Diving video. I’m only putting the link up because the author requests everyone watch it, since every view equals one vote “for the tvebiomovies 2013 film competition for The EBRD Sustainable Resource Initiative Prize.”