I just started dumpster diving this morning. I've trash-picked on and off my entire life, but this morning was the first time I ever checked inside dumpsters. I walked to the business area of my small town, checked in seven dumpsters, and got three useful items. Behind the bank I scored a Crayon plastic thing that may turn out to be useful. If not, it'll just go in my trash. Behind the overpriced, small-selection market I scored a bag of Valencia oranges (two were moldy, I washed the rest and stuck them in the freezer since they were getting soft and I like them frozen), and a bag of old-looking Russet potatoes. I threw out the bad potatoes, scrubbed up the rest, and plan to use them in mashed potatoes this evening.
This couldn't have come at a better time for me. I need to make it another 40-odd days before I get a paycheck, so this should really help. I also love the idea of using stuff other people threw out, saving items from going to a landfill, and saving the merchants money because they now have fewer items they have to pay to dispose of.
There was one locked dumpster. I took a quick peek at it and surmised it was likely full of boxes. I don't need more boxes right now, and I have limited storage space.
Question for other divers: Do you open/cut open trash bags to look through them? I didn't because I presumed it would be hard to collect all the trash again and put it back in the bag afterwards especially if if I cut a bag. I don't want to leave a site messier than I found it--bad diving manners. I also guessed that these trash bags would probably yield fewer useful items since it looked like a lot of paper in most bags.
Q: How many poets does it take to change a light bulb? A: 1001...one to change the bulb, 1000 to say it's already been done.