Milk crate (for stepping stool)
Grocery bags/trash bags
Large enough vehicle (don't want to find you don't
have enough space for your stash)
First aid kit
or poking stick
has their own preferable time to dive, but I recommend early morning
or late night. Don't dive after midnight to avoid confrontations.
Dive consistently. Remember, you may not find something each time
you go. It's the thrill of the hunt. You never know when a dive
will be a lucky one.
You can start
by mapping out or scoping the following areas-
do if confronted:
It's a good
idea to say that you are looking for boxes. Most store personnel
are more concerned with you dumping your trash into their dumpster
vs. taking items from their dumpster. This is not the time to
be defensive. Be polite and leave as soon as possible. If you
know your area's law, then you can always come back later. You
may want to consider not diving in your immediate area, if you
are concerned about being recognized.
Is it illegal:
You can check
for your local area ordinances or call your police department
to inquire. Most areas consider trash public domain. Be sure to
check that it is not a breach of privacy in your area. Do not
dive in fenced area dumpsters or where any do not trespass signs
Do not dive
in one dumpster over ten minutes. The longer you are there, the
higher your chances are for being confronted. Be as quick as possible.
Be discreet. Keep in mind small things like not parking your car
directly next to the dumpster.
sharp objects/broken glass etc and use common sense.
Remember some dumpster lids slam shut.
Never leave a mess.
Avoid food or foul smelling dumpsters
Do not take personal paperwork
Don't vandalize/break locks
have you found?
Email me at
webmaster and tell
me about your treasures. I will list your finds.
and Science of Dumpster Diving
by John Hoffman
find it gross to dumpster dive. There are many folks other than
the homeless or desperate that dumpster dive. Here is a list of
types of people that also dive.
Anyone that wants to save money, make money, clean
the community, and have a fun adventure.
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