Locked Dumpster

You’re dumpster diving and come across this:

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Locked dumpster 🙁

What do you do when you see a lock on a dumpster?

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.

Good luck for your dumpster diving finds!

2 thoughts on “Locked Dumpster

  1. Karen MacDonald

    I don’t think they are securing the GARBAGE..

    I think the lock is to prevent others from putting in (filling the dumpster with) their trash so that the owner can’t use it…
    not every dumpster is dumped EVERY day

  2. Dumpster Dan Post author

    That is a good point. Some neighbourhoods have issues with other businesses and residents trying to put trash in other peoples bins to avoid paying disposal fees.

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