Dumpster Diving

United States
February 11, 2007 12:52am CST
We have this old man who drives around town every trash day. He picks through everyones garbage. His house must be so full.
8 responses
@CatVegas (711)
• United States
11 Feb 07
Here in Las Vegas I have seen that with many people also. As they say, "One Mans Trash is another Mans Treasure!"..And once it is on the crub it is so called Free...But lets hope he isn't getting anyones important papers with information on it and maybe saling it...Just a tought, I don't think a older man would do that..But like you said I'm sure his house is full. Now another thing he could be doing with the items is have a yard sale or like here we have a swap meet where you can sale anything new or used...He might be making a good living on everyones trash...
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@tinam13 (839)
• United States
4 Mar 07
yea thats sick. why do people do that, i mean i know why but seriously. if i was going to go pick through everones trash i would at least wait until they arent watching me or at night time, geeze. besides picking throuh people's and company trash is illegal. someone should tell him to stop before he gets into serious trouble.
@CatNPK (461)
• United States
2 Apr 07
Your trash is public property once it's on the curb waiting to be picked up, so don't throw out anything you don't want a criminal or cop to find (it can be held against you in court, and criminals in nicer neighborhoods often scour trash on a regular basis looking for financial info).
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I've never been dumpster diving. I've seen it happen, though. If we have something that could be possibly fixed or reused in anyway, we put it out in a separate box and write free on it. I don't want people digging through my trash. I always make sure to shred anything with any important information on it, though. We even go so far as to throw the shredded stuff in the baby's trash can. And I can't imagine why someone would want anything bad enough to dig through days old diapers!! If someone wants our more valuable junk, they are more than welcome to it. Like I said, we put the sign on it, and it's usually gone pretty quick. We usually do it the day before trash day. It's always gone before the trashmen get there in the morning. We've done this with things like a toaster oven that was still in working condition, the lid was just hard to close, and we did it with an old entertainment center when we got a new one that matched our other stuff better. It was a cheap one from Walmart, but it was still better than nothing I guess. At least someone thought so.
• United States
4 Apr 07
Yep yep, I dumpster dive. And yes, I do occasionally sell what I find on eBay. The last thing I successfully sold was a Giselle Freestyle (that cross country skiing type exerciser) and I really only got $35 bucks for it. Still, it was a find, and that $35 bucks went right in my pocket! But yes again - your house can become a clutter trap. I have collected way too many things like wall hangings, and cute containers, and even CD racks. I really have no more room - so anything I take I have to sell or have an absolutely immediate use for.
@CatNPK (461)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I've never seen anyone do it at my house, but I never throw away anything with personal info like bank statements without shredding it carefully first (or I use it as a fire starter for the fireplace, whatever works). There is nothing wrong with dumpster diving - I've known a couple people who have found expensive functioning electronics worth a lot more money than a year posting on mylot. Household garbage must be disgusting though, I can't imagine doing that. Not that I've ever been dumpster diving myself anywhere, but businesses without stuff like food or dirty diapers seems more lucrative.
• United States
6 Mar 07
It may not be as full as you think. He might be selling the stuff. You can make a lot of money by dumpster diving. I live in a collage community and the kids throw away alot of great stuff. My friend found one of those mini fridges one time. I have a good size collection of base ball cards that I found. Some are worth up to $12. I only do it if not many people are around and the trash is clean.
• United States
27 Feb 07
I used to be a dumpster diver. However, I never got into individual trash cans...only actual dumpster and post office cans. The stuff I have found was pretty nice. I do not do it anymore because the last time I did at the post office I found a man's pair of undies. Not saying they were dirty. Just gave me the creeps. I do not like the idea of someone getting into my trash can. I might have personal info there like something that has data they can use to try to steal my identity. Just a warning to those who dream about picking through my trash...it is pretty messy! :P
• United States
26 Feb 07
I need money. Might look into that myself.