Dumpster diving is a mental disorder?

Dumpster diving is sometimes seen as a sign of mental illness. Though it is true some people who have experience with the mental health system dumpster dive, there are lots of people who dumpster dive.

It’s problematic to put dumpster diving – which is often seen as something “dirty” or “wrong” – alongside people who have been diagnosed with a mental disorder (which is another problematic term!)

What is truly “crazy” is how much stuff is wasted, and how people don’t see a problem with throwing out stuff that can be reused.

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I’m sure the DSMV could classify Oscar the Grouch as having a mental issue – He doesn’t just go dumpster diving; he lives in the dumpster!


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