Confessions Of A Dumpster Diver

The following was sent in by Dave, a reader that doesn’t have his own blog, but thought people might find this information interesting. I agree and so here are the confessions of a dumpster diver:

If you have never dumpster dived, then you probably have an image that isn’t too positive about this activity. I know, because I once had the same image. I thought that it was for young people with no money and people who couldn’t afford to purchase merchandise from a regular retail outlet. Had I known back when I was younger what I know today, I would have started this years ago.

Over the years I have come to realize that there are a large number of positive aspects to dumpster

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8 Responses to Confessions Of A Dumpster Diver

  1. dan says:

    You need to be very careful and make sure that dumpster diving is legal in your area. I used to dumpster dive a bit where I used to live and then I moved to a new city. I assumed that dumpster diving would be okay in the new location, but was in for a big surprise when the cops told me that it was illegal. I got off okay, but it’s not a situation that you want to be in. Just check before you try this.

  2. ken says:

    not to be a killjoy about your positive points but the trash is the property of the trash hauler once its in their bins. you would think that logically you’re reducing their trash but some individuals dumpster diving will leave a larger mess on the street for cleanup.

  3. green says:

    This thing goes a bit different my city.

  4. DivaJean says:

    I am a seasonal dumpster diver. This is my peak season- we mainly pick up stuff from dumpsters & curbside that college students throw out.

    Our “winning season” of trash picking was 2 years ago when we completely filled our garage with multiple kitchen sets, dishes, furniture, rugs, dressers, etc. We sacrificed our garage for the summer- then threw the be-all, end-all garage sale the first weekend the students were back in town. We made $2000 for our efforts!!

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  6. Jean says:

    I wanted to try diving some months ago but when I went around to Ralph’s & Von’s I found the dumpsters locked behind fences. I think more & more stores are doing this to prevent diving.

  7. Peter says:

    Im a diver, i make more money now then i did before in any job, i started a business cleaning homes. I love it, kudos, kudos my diver counterpart

  8. Dave says:

    I am a reformed diver myself, I used to love diving into dumpsters and reaping the rewards but I started geting too scroungy after a few years, I stopped became depressed theot n actually got a job as an electrician after going to schol, then I got sick probably from years of diving and bummin, I had to stop working and started writing again,,I wrote my book “confessions of a reformed dumpster diver” which is on Amazon now…Im still poor but realize that the diving was really just an obsession and was not making mehappy…I …especially hated when I would open a dumpster and smeone would be in there rummaging or sleeping…its a hard life diving in dumpsters…

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