How to Dumpster Dive
Now that you know what dumpster diving is, perhaps you are wondering how to start.
Step 2: Look inside
Step 3: Retrieve useful items.
Ok, ok, there is a little more to it than that. But really, it is actually that easy.
Where to dumpster dive.
If a store has a dumpster, there is a good chance you will eventually find something good in it. The following list of stores are where I have personally found the best stuff. But every store in every area is different. Just because I find good stuff, doesn’t mean you will.
- Big Lots
- Dollar Tree
- Dollar General
- Five Below
- Bed Bath Beyond
- Party City
- Bath and Body Works
Isn’t taking things out of a retail dumpster illegal?
This is a huge issue. Many keep from diving because they are afraid of getting in trouble. But most areas actually have no laws against it.
The best way to find out if diving is illegal in your area is to Google it. Google “YOUR CITY municipal laws.” Here you are looking for laws dealing with “refuge.” Many cities just have laws on how garbage should be handled, where it can be placed, ect. As long as you don’t find anything specifically saying you cannot take refuge, you are in the clear.
The other way is to call city hall or the police station. The only problem with this is that they may not know, or tell you it is illegal because they don’t think you should be doing it.
Other things to know about diving
One of my, as well as most other divers, biggest pet peeves is people who make a mess. I hate those people. If you need to take everything out, put it back in when you are done. It’s simple. If you make a mess, clean it up.
If you drive up to a mess, clean it up. I don’t care if you made it the mess. It will take you five minutes to throw it all back in the dumpster. The less mess, the less chance the dumpster will get locked.
Check out my next post on what to bring with you for a successful dive.