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  1. #1
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    Sep 2007
    Oh Captain, My Captain

    Freegans/Dumpster Diving

    I first became aware of this concept when watching "Secret Lives of Women" on WE tv. They did a segment on extreme diets, and they profiled a woman who is a Freegan in NYC. Here is a story on Freegans in Boston-

    I think we have to start to consider this kind of waste in a country where there are families who have developed such incredible need as a result of the economy....I think there has to be a way for stores to better manage the inventory that is destroyed at the end of a weekend....JMO.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    North Carolina
    I started a thread on this awhile back

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  3. #3
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    Jul 2008
    It's not for me, but I have no problem with anyone doing this. To each his own, etc.!
    Thoughts and prayers for the people of Paris and all of France!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Apartment complexes are the best places to dumpster dive.

    I've seen queen pillow top mattresses and box springs, vacuum cleaners, couches, chairs, lamps, etc. all just tossed in or near the dumpster.

    I would never take a mattress, but I did snag the vacuum cleaner I saw one time. I guess if you are comfortable sleeping on a used mattress that someone set in a dumpster (perhaps cover it with some type of barrier to avoid any nastiness or find a good cleaner?) then apartment complexes are the place to go.

    I wish that those people would donate their things to the salvation army instead of being lazy and throwing it away. So many charities have free pick up if you are giving things away.

    When it comes to food, there ain't no way I'm taking it from the garbage.
    Love never fails.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2008
    I would second the idea of apartment searching. When one of my neighbours died her husband threw out everything that belonged to her. Perfectly good furniture and all her stuff. Said he hated her and good riddance to everything.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    MD 'burbs of Washington DC
    Freeganism in its full realm is not just about dumpster diving... it is a movement that has an underlying dark tone that not only teaches frugality through things like dumpster diving and freecycling: but also condones shoplifting and squatting... some of the most devout freegans see working as something not good, and some of the most extreme followers tend to think it is their right to live off of those with money. This info can be researched...

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Pacific Northwest
    I was invited to dumpster dive with my ex husbands brother and girlfriend. Ummmm . . . tempting . . . THEY were awfully excited about it. At the time I was a nurse manager running a chemical dependency hospital. I just couldn't resolve the conflict

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