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How to Dumpster Dive

Now that you know what dumpster diving is, perhaps you are wondering how to start.

Step 1: Find Dumpster15852941663_8f791f4e24

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. Dumpster goodies

  • Big Lots
  • Aldi
  • Ulta
  • Dollar Tree
  • Dollar General
  • Five Below
  • Bed Bath Beyond
  • Petsmart
  • Sallys
  • 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.

Dumpster findsThe 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.dumpster-with-boxes-and-plastic-crates

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.



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4 Responses

  1. Nice things told by the writer about dumpster diving.These things can be known by the dumpster lovers who are interested in dumpster diving.

  2. Ron says:


    I found a new glass aquarium tank from petsmart dumpster.

    • ninamcclain93 says:

      I’ve found one too! My favorites are pet food though honestly. Although I love the expensive filters I can find too!

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