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