Dumpster Diving For Food and Profit - Freeganism
Would You Eat Discarded Food or Dig in a Dumpster for Valuables?
With today's economy, you begin to see more people pulled over on the side of the road, picking through trash or inside dumpsters. It isn't just the homeless trash-picking or dumpster-diving anymore. Many people have made a lot of money by digging in the trash and many do it just to survive. Not all are so hungry they would eat anything. Some called "Freegans" do it just to be politically correct or to protest livestock raising methodology. This website is about all of those people, with videos. It also gives you some tips on what you can do in the trash to make money or even save on your taxes. Have fun and let us know what you think about this information!
Photos and Illustrations are either original or in the Public Domain.
What is a "Freegan" or What is "Freganism?"
To put it plainly, it is s a politically correct term for dumpster-diving. Freegans live "The Free Life", where they feel the best things in life are free. "Freegans" challenge consumer society by eating and re-using what the rest of us throw away. Their way of life is called "Freeganism". As opposed to Veganism, Freegans are not Vegetarians. They will eat anything, including meat that has been discarded or even roadkill, at the extremes. Watch the following video of a man who does survive solely on roadkill. Not my lifestyle, but many are practicing it.
How Far Will You or Anyone Go? - The Freegan Man Who Eats Roadkill!
An artist must be careful not to throw his ideas out with the trash.
Trash has given us an appetite for art - Pauline Kael
George Costanza Did it, Would You? - A Seinfeld Favorite
Save on Taxes - Donate what you pick!
Ever wonder how you can save on your taxes by picking through the trash? Think about this simple way to cut way back on your taxes. When you are driving down the road and see something along the road, in the trash that someone is throwing away, stop and ask the homeowner if they are indeed throwing away that item (you always want to be sure that they are throwing it away). For instance, if it is an old push mower, throw it in your trunk or in the back of your truck and head on down to the local Goodwill or Salvation Army. These organizations rebuild items and if nothing else, there is a good chance they can use the parts. Please be sure you get the receipt from the donation facility and then use that receipt on your taxes. You would be surprised how much money that you can save by donating these items. Turbo Tax has a program called It'sDeductible and this program allows you to itemize your donation. It is a fact that non-cash donations are worth more on your taxes than cash donations. Pick up anything from old furniture, clothes, toys, mowers, bicycles or anything else that may either be resold or fixed. Everyone benefits. You pick up someone's trash, the donation location makes money on the item and provides work for someone to fix the item, if necessary, and also YOU get the tax benefit. All by just stopping and picking up an item to donate!
Advantages of and "How To" in Dumpster Diving - Some thrifty ways that you may have never thought of!
Call me crazy, but you cannot imagine what you'll find in dumpsters & along the street on trash day
A Different Kind of Picking - OOPS! Wrong Photo
Muffin Stumps Inedible? - More vintage Seinfeld Fun
Slowly, surely, the trash can of life fills within, leaving us feeling empty. Yet once emptied, we f
Do You, or Would You Dumpster Dive? - Your chance to sound off!
WHAT WOULD CAUSE YOUR DRIVE TO DUMPSTER-DIVE?
Normally everything doesn't go into the dumpster at the same time. - Andrew Clark
Is Digging in a Dumpster or Trash Illegal?
To the best of my knowledge, no specific law prohibits it but unless you have permission, you could be arrested for trespassing on private property.
It is always best to ASK the owner if it is okay. For instance, if you are driving down the road and see a bicycle leaning against the trash, how do you know that someone did not just leave it there temporarily? Taking that bicycle would be considered theft unless you have permission to do so.
As mentioned above, it could be considered trespassing if you enter a person's or a businesses property to do anything. Therefore, it is always recommended that you know the laws of your city and State. If you ask, most of the time the owner will not care so by all means, ASK!
If you are allowed to dive, remember that bears may be visiting soon.