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Dumpster Diving?

Have you ever thought about getting your food out of a trash can?  Don’t laugh.  Dumpster diving has become a hot new trend in America.  In fact, dumpster divers even have a trendy new name.  They call themselves “freegans”, and as the economy crumbles their numbers are multiplying.  Many freegans consider dumpster diving to be a great way to save money on groceries.  Others do it because they want to live more simply.  Freegans that are concerned about the environment view dumpster diving as a great way to “recycle” and other politically-minded freegans consider dumpster diving to be a form of political protest.  But whatever you want to call it, the reality is that thousands upon thousands of Americans will break out their boots, rubber gloves and flashlights and will be jumping into dumpsters looking for food once again tonight.

So is this actually legal?

In some areas, dumpster diving is considered to be legal.  In other areas, dumpster divers are technically breaking trespassing laws.  Although in most areas the police have so many other problems that they aren’t really concerned about cracking down on dumpster divers.

One of the biggest issues facing dumpster divers is safety.  Crawling around in back alleys and side streets in the middle of the night is not exactly the safest thing to do.  But the lure of large amounts of free food is enough to keep some people coming back over and over again.

During the recent economic downturn, the popularity of dumpster diving has exploded.  Today, there are dumpster diving meetup groups, dumpster diving Facebook groups, and even entire organizations such as Food Not Bombs that openly encourage their members to go dumpster diving.

If your family was going hungry, would you go dumpster diving?

You might be surprised at who is doing it.  Dumpster diving is not just for the homeless and the unemployed anymore.  A lot of people that have decent jobs have picked up on the trend.

Just check out the following example from a recent MSNBC article….

A programmer by day, Todd takes to the streets of North Carolina by night, digging through Dumpsters at drug stores and grocery stores all around his rural neighborhood.

“You would be simply amazed at what businesses throw out,” he said. “I’ve only had to buy two loaves of bread all year. … Last week I had a trunk full of cereal, cookies, chips and ramen noodles.”

Todd slinks in and out of smelly places with low-light flashlights to evade rent-a-cops who will shoo him away.  Most nights, his 14-year-old son comes along.

Dumpster diving has become such a prominent trend that even big television news networks are doing stories about it….

The truth is that dumpster diving is just another sign of the times.

Food prices continue to rise and this is putting incredible stress on the budgets of average American families.  We just saw another huge rise in food prices during the month of August.  Just check out the following data from a recent article posted on The Economic Policy Journal….

The index for finished consumer foods jumped 1.1 percent (13.2 percent annualized) in August, the third straight rise. Over thirty percent of the August advance can be traced to meat prices, which climbed 2.4 percent (28.8 percent annualized). Higher prices for processed poultry and eggs for fresh use also were major factors in the increase in the finished foods index.

If you are married and have a couple of children it can cost a lot of money to feed them every single month.  It is not hard to understand the allure of dumpster diving for people that are having a hard time making ends meet.

Other Americans are choosing to dumpster dive because they believe that it helps them live a simpler lifestyle.  There is a growing movement of people in America that are rejecting all of the “consumerism” that we see all around us.

Today, the average U.S. household has 13 different credit cards.  We are constantly being bombarded with ads that tell us that we need more stuff in order to be happy.

Well, a lot of people have decided that is a lot of bunk and they are doing whatever they can to simplify.

Other dumpster divers are absolutely horrified by how much food is wasted in America.

It has been estimated that 263,013,699 pounds of food is thrown out in the United States every single day.

Can you imagine?

We are probably the most wasteful nation on the planet.  With the number of hungry people in the world, it is absolutely criminal how much food that we waste.

So in that sense, it is probably a good thing that dumpster divers are saving some of that food from the landfills and are finding positive uses for it.

But what is going to happen when the economy gets even worse and we start seeing fights over the food that has been left in dumpsters?

In my recent special report about poverty in America, I noted that 46.2 million Americans are now living in poverty.  For now, the U.S. government is helping feed over 45 million Americans through the food stamp program, but what is going to happen once the social safety net starts to break?

The number of good jobs in America continues to decline, and thousands more Americans fall into poverty every single day.  Things have gotten so bad that other countries are actually making videos that make fun of our poverty.

This country is rapidly losing confidence in our leaders and hopelessness is spreading like wildfire.  Today it was revealed that Barack Obama’s disapproval rating has now set a new high of 55%.  Not only that, 62% of the American people disapprove of the way that he is handling the economy.  It turns out that they don’t really think much of the Obama jobs plan after all.

Unfortunately, even though our economy is rapidly falling apart and most of our leaders are either deeply corrupt or completely incompetent, most Americans are still way too apathetic.  If you can believe it, the American people spend a whopping 53 million minutes a month on Facebook.

Hopefully we can get more Americans to wake up.  Hopefully we can get them to understand that they need to get active, that they need to prepare and that they need to get their priorities in order.

Right now, dumpster diving is cute and fun and an interesting way to save money, but in the future there will be millions of Americans digging around in trash cans if we don’t get this economy turned around.

This country is rapidly changing, and not for the better.

  • Curt

    Sounds like a good idea, maybe I’ll give it a try.

  • r.bitting

    Get their priorities in order? I could’nt agree more. The problem in America is defining the priorities. But no matter, God will soon deal with those who refused to make him their priority. Do not be decieved people,your bullets, beans and bandaids will not be able to save you. The people have exchanged the Law of God for the law of the jungle, and it’s the law of the jungle they are about to get. If your neighbor does’nt take your supplies by force, the Government will. The time of America’s watchman has come. You are most assuredly about to be a part of the darkest time in human history. The best thing you can do is not to be on the wrong side of that history. Easy enough to do, Repent and trust in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross to save you, and pursue God with all your heart It’s your only option… Always was.

    • Jane

      I think we are going to need a little more than your imaginary friend in the sky to get us out of this economic crisis.

      • r.bitting

        Yes, you should trust the politicians, afterall they have brought you this far.

    • Nexus789

      More religious rubbish…take it somewhere else where someone cares and about your righteous and self important delusions.

      • r.bitting

        There are people who understand and care about America’s real problem right here, Moral bankruptcy. Many here ( not all ), believe the Bible to be the word of God. They recognize the urgency of the times we live in and the need to address the root cause of America’s decline. If you don’t like reading it, then the question begs… Why do you? The time you wasted on me ( and YOU DID waste it ) you could have spent reading something else.

    • PUNKY BREWSTER

      r.bitting,

      People should turn to God, but they should also allow their humanity to shine through. without that, the society is doomed.

      • r.bitting

        The essence of my comment was not to write everyone off, but to get them to recognize that this nation will not make it on it’s present course. Let me qualify it with this…” A true friend will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear “. ” Rescue those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “surely we did not know this” Does not he who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does he not know it? And will he not render to each man according to his deeds? Proverbs 24:11-12…

    • http://lastdayrapture.blogspot.com/ TK

      Amen!!

      Most people are not offended by the idea that God created the world and the heavens. Most people are not offended by the idea that evolution is a bunch of crock.

      People are offended by the idea that the Creator of Heaven and Earth also gets to judge his creation.

      Every one will be judged.

      Good people like R. biting are showing you the mercy of God.

      Repent of you sins, and live for the Lord Jesus Christ!

      • Sithicus

        Everyone? Consider that there’s 2 billion christians in the world. Thats not even a third of world population. What about the remaining 5 billions? They have their own gods and some of these religions are much older than christianity.

        • r.bitting

          Christianity & Judiaism share the same God, the difference being the Jews believe that the Messiah has yet to come while the Christians believe that Christ is the Messiah fortold in the hebrew Bible. Islam has only been in existence since 800 AD. All religions other than Christianity teach that man can obtain salvation on his own merit ( good works and good behavior ). Only Christianity adaquately answers the question of man’s sin nature in relationship to obtaining salvation. Only Christianity professes that man cannot obtain salvation by his own works because mans bent is toward evil, and that man is’nt being judged by his standard, but God’s standard, which is perfection. Thats why man needed a savior, Jesus Christ. Just ask yourself in all honesty, If man wrote the Bible without inspiration of God, would’nt the plan of salvation be man centered ( in other words, man could earn it ). Man would have never devised the salvation plan in the bible on his own., because man by nature wants to be the captain of his own ship. Having to turn from sin and follow the teachings of a savior is a plan that man never would have put into place of his own doing. It’s a no brainer.

    • Old Man

      OK I repent.
      Now send me a check for $250,000.

      Oh yes, can I eat the Bible? Or should I pray for rain first?

  • Gary2

    I had to dumpster dive growing up. Is sucks. Hey lets cut taxes even more on the rich??

    Stupid mother f republicans.

    • Mark

      Hey Gary2, Do you really have to swear so much? It gets a little old.

      • Tim

        Yeah!

    • ScoutMotto

      Gary, please grow a brain. I said please.

    • Ben Dover

      You got it, Gary2. It’s those fu**ing Republicans. Dimocraps CARE soooo much more!

      Meeshall was soooo worried about you while she was spending $75K/day in spain.

      They ALL laugh about how you think there is a difference between them.

    • gunslinger

      Republicans? What about all the billionaire democrats, celebrities, government officials, union bosses? How about $35,000 a plate dinner with Barry (obama). You sir ignorant. I have found thousands of dollars worth of good stuff in dumpsters. Some of it brand new. What I don’t keep and use myself I sell on ebay or craigslist.

    • Tripseven

      Angry bitter little boy.

    • Bama Bill

      Hey Gary, get off your butt and quit waiting for a handout from those rich Republicans!!! Its people like yourself that has bankrupted this country. Sooo many people wanting the governments support and not enough people to carry the extreme tax burden. Maybe if you were working instead of looking for free rotten food in dumpsters, you could have actually bought and paid for your own survival and added to the tax base which you want everyone else to pay!!!!!!! You suck!

      • bobbobbobbob

        even jamacians have universal health care ——-maybe i will see u in med school as a cad

        • Ben Dover

          Maybe America is the only major country that has escaped the government health care trap–till now.

    • Otown Right Guy

      I would think that experience would have inspired you to learn a trade, a marketable skill or something, anything to better yourself and improve your life. But I guess the evil rich people conspired against you. Damn those rich people!

    • knightowl77

      Gary…Robin Hood in reverse…

      Robin Hood stole the taxes and gave them back to the people that paid them in the first place. You want to be the Sheriff of Nottingham and take more money from the people to spend it on whatever you want….It was theft then…it is theft now..

      Way to go Sheriff Gary

      • bobbobbobbob

        why are all the rebuplicans always voting to outsource? because they represent the super rich!! why does walmart call its worker insurance “walmart pesant insurance”?? why do u pay for transferring aLL the good jobs to china?
        because u grant them tax credits for exporting the good jobs —– that means that u and i are paying for exporting jobs —thats what a tax credit is— have you ever looked at 1040irs form??

    • bobbobbobbob

      yee haa!!!!— NATO said 2000 sam missles are missing from lybia. i hope they find them

    • Gabriel

      Learn how to be rich and you can get the tax cuts they do. Or do like I see most people where I work at do. Quit your job live off the Gov and get food stamps and buy Shrimps and stakes and high dollar foods or just go buy some food stamps from some of the people that need them soooo bad they can sale them for 50 cent on the dollar. Make me sick that the systems is not set up better

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog Leonard

    Hungry people in the richest country on earth?Democrats, Republicans, does it really matter?When politicians say ‘the American people’, who are they really talking about most of the time? ‘The People’ in the multi-million dollar penthouse! Who else?

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog Leonard

    Pretty soon there will be competition for dumpster diving! This is the true race to the bottom!

  • 1202013EndOfAnError

    Wow Gary2, what class and very insightful. I have an idea, let’s blame the rich and distribute the wealth until there is no more wealth to distribute.

    • gary2

      works for me

  • Mark

    I knew one young plumber that used to get magazines out of dumpsters and sold them at a flea market. He was into investing in the stock market. The week before the crash in 1987, he sold all his stocks. He needed to take the next day off and bought all the stocks that he could. That is one dumpster diver I would bet is worth a lot of money. Food is going up in price. The price of livestock feed has gone through the roof. Stock up now if you have the money. If you have a years supply of food and you lose your job, at least you will eat well.

  • Alan

    Wait a year or so we will have to apply for dumpster diving license from the local government. Maybe even stake claims on your dumpsters in your area so there will be no dumpster disputes.
    The meek will not inherit anything, the strong and well armed will. Always was.

  • mondobeyondo

    I haven’t (yet) gotten to the point where I have to dumpster dive to feed myself. Hopefully, I will never get to that point.

    But you would be amazed – absolutely stunned – to see the amount of “waste” that restaurants pour into the dumpster.

    Way back in my restaurant working days (Burger King, 1981-82), anything that was a couple hours old would get tossed. That included fully cooked ready-to-eat Whoppers, salads, french fries, chicken sandwiches, Whalers (as BK’s fish patty sandwiches [psst, they’re Alaskan pollock fish patties!] were known back then – Burger King no longer serves fish sandwiches as far as I know), apple pies, and everything else.

    Perfectly edible food, ready to eat. Just not fresh enough for the customers. So into the dumpster it went. You could have fed the entire population of Somalia with what my BK restaurant tossed out on a daily basis.

    Anyhoo… don’t know if I’d dumpster dive. Too many risks. Half-eaten Big Macs that some four-year-old just bit into.. not yummy. On the other hand, maybe you’d score a decent rock-bottom meal dumpster diving at Olive Garden, or Red Lobster….

    • Ben Dover

      Easy for all of us to say we would not eat a half-eaten burger when we have eaten within the last few hours.

    • gary2

      I worked at a Burger King back then also. You are right about the waste.

  • golden utopia (sir, yessir)

    There is bread and goodies behind the Sack N’ Save all the time. As long as the package is unopened I’ll take it home. The amount of food waste in this country is appalling, so why not make use of discarded food items.

  • Alasha Williams

    How can anyone think this is “cool and trendy”??? eeewwww!! We are talking abt digging through garbage!!! Talk about 1984 – where war means peace. Heaven please Help us!

    (Matthew 6:9-10) “YOU must pray, then, this way: “‘Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. 10 Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth.

  • http://www.no2foreclosures.info DaVid

    Why doesn’t American businesses save the stigma and potential contamination of their “wastes” and set up “dumpster kitchens” to give these perfectly fine products to those in need?

    • Ben Dover

      Because of lawyers and government regulations.

      • Highspeed

        couldn’t they just sign a waiver before they eat.

    • Victor

      The reason is simple: If businesses give away free or discounted products, consumers will buy fewer of the products the business is selling. The business would essentially be undercutting itself which would be a very stupid thing to do. Companies are not charities.

  • 007

    There is a wave of inflation heading our way that makes what we are dealing with now seem tame. The Federal Reserve has almost tripled the money supply over the last couple years and all these dollars are leaking out and headed to a grocery store near you. The National Inflation Institute calculates the true inflation rate is actually over 6.5 percent. When it hits 10% the fit is going to hit the sham.

    It will result in the dollar dropping dramatically and it will ultimately burst the treasury bubble. Foreign investors will not want to buy treasuries when they face a falling exchange rate as well as inflation eating up their investment.

    I really believe this is how the collapse will occur. When it happens you won’t be able to afford food.

  • tommcd

    Why can’t all of those businesses that are throwing away all that food simply donate the food to neighborhood food banks, church groups, and other charities so that the people who need it do not have to go digging through the trash for food?
    The businesses that donate food and other goods to charities may even get a tax deduction for it.

    • uncurable wound

      Govt health regs wont let them.
      They dont care if they starve to death,they just dont want them to get sick…

      • Gabriel

        That is the truth in a crazy way. I could not believe the stuff we throw out when I worked for S– Club. One night over super bowl we throw out 11 54in flat screen TVs that did not work (after the super bowl) and was returned. They could have been sold and the money give to a food bank. When I asked about why we did not give the food away to the food banks Etc. I was told that if someone got sick from the food or not but said it was the food they could be sued. And if one does it than more will follow.

    • Otown Right Guy

      Not just govt. Also slip and fall lawyers are to blame. Businesses have to worry about the liability of someone getting sick from donated food.

    • http://www.LasVegasRealEstateHome.com Paul

      Government regulations… Here in Vegas, leftovers at the Hotels/restaurants can’t be re-used for human consumption. Not a complete waste.. tons of wasted food from the resorts goes out to a local pig farm.

  • Highspeed

    A few years ago I salvaged 9 fruit trees from a dumpster behind the grocery store. I recently canned 35 quarts of peaches off of the peach trees and will be canning apples very soon. As they say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

  • http://homecomputer fremlick

    the government needs to split the food stamp bill the actual cost of feeding 45 million homeless and unemployed americans with all the members of congress. that might get their attention,,,, hey they are all millonaires ,they could likely afford it. buy the way ,,how many of you out there voted for the idiot wiener who showed his weener??

  • the Beast

    This phenomenon and its kind is just an example of how it is greed of few that causes others to suffer.

  • William

    The “federal gubmint” reports inflation at 3.6%.
    The real inflation rate is about 11.2%. The feds lowball the rate to cut the costs of all those things impacted by a COLA. This steep increase in food prices will get worse and worse. Retirees on fixed income are in real trouble. On the political front, the Obummer is a total failure on all topics. The worst part of that is that a Republican will move into the White House in Jan of 2013. America is DOOMED.

  • Toomanyfakeconservatives

    Yummy

  • Kevin2

    Gary2

    The Democrats held both houses and the Presidency. You see a “change” of any real worth?

    I repeated many times the Democrats votes on Free Trade which we agree hurt more middle class families then anything else.

    Don’t feed the power elite and chase your tail. They want the Rep – Dem debate to divert attention from the puppet master above both of them.

    Tax the rich all you desire. Hell they can pay what they paid 40 years ago. Don’t think it’s a solution. Wealth must be created. Redistributing is a stop gap to placate the people while we decline.

  • Dontletoutthesecret

    I will not tell you how much money I made from dumpster diving just this year. People throw out more than just food. Yesterday, I was working on a rental property and across the street a house was vacant and a huge pile of trash was out front. I found one large new can of Armour All tire cleaner-cleaned my and the wife’s tires for free-one new quart of Valvoline 10w-30 for my car.(close to 5 bucks for that one!) One new bottle of name brand carburator cleaner gas additive-which I needed but did not want to buy. Also some scrap metals- three new wrenches for a total of at least 20.00 of free usable things. I usually have 5 to ten dumpsters that I regularly visit. I am always on the lookout for free things and have been that way since I was a 7 yrs old back in Jersey. I am now 46 and love to find treasures and free things. My wife does not like it though. She knows that I do it, but does not like to hear about it. I found things that I have sold on ebay. But, it takes time, gas, lowering your standards, and it can be dangerous. Glass-nails- poisons- and mean people can be encountered. Like a junkyard dog baby! Not everyone likes a dumpster diver-some divers actuallu make a mess and illegally dump in the dumpster. I know another place to find money and jewelry-but that is my secret.

    • Highspeed

      I bet I know your other place. The local carwash. I have an older brother who is rather well off, but he can never pass by a carwash without checking for tools, money and other stuff. He probably does this because as kids we were very poor. We gathered drink bottlesback in the sixties and sold them back to the store so we could buy ourselves a pepsi once in a while. We both went to work when we were 12. Old habits are hard to break.

  • HeartofShadows

    I tell ya even on youtube with all this information out there you still see people acting ignorant and proclaiming “Oh they believe they are entitled to food and blah without hard work” and it makes me sick and give into misanthrope a bit. These morons forget that a society is suppose to provide a standard of living for its citizens and that in itself is its original purpose otherwise why would a society exist at all?
    Almost makes me can’t wait til things get worse and we see these ignorant people getting their gated places broken into by gangs of people.

    • Ben Dover

      The zombies won’t take the time to check if YOU are one of the “compassionate” people when they reach you.

      Ps: NO, you don’t have a “right” to anything I have worked for. If I decide to give away the fruits of my labor, that is MY business, not some government agency’s.

    • Victor

      >These morons forget that a society is suppose to provide a standard of living for its citizens and that in itself is its original purpose otherwise why would a society exist at all?

      Society does not owe you a damn thing. Where did you get this delusion?

      >Almost makes me can’t wait til things get worse and we see these ignorant people getting their gated places broken into by gangs of people.

      So you support anarchy as well?

  • Jake

    Back in January, both my wife and I sensed that God was preparing us to share our home with someone devestated by this economy. Sure enough, last week I learned that a dear friend and former employer, where we lived 20 years ago, was now homeless with only a sleeping bag in the woods. He is now at our home. I’m afraid there are many others in the same boat.

    • Michael

      Jake:

      Wow that is so sad to hear. How did you find out about his plight?

      Michael

      • Jake

        I got a heads-up from another person in that community. He gets some disability money and has a cell phone. 2 clients went bankrupt on him and then an uninsured motorist hit his truck and left him disabled. He gets 600 dollars per month. He still had to pay a tax bill from the last year in business and that did him in. so sad.

    • Otown Right Guy

      I hope you have no children. Be very careful bringing homeless into your home. Elizabeth Smart was abducted and raped as a child, because her dad thought it would be a good deed to invite a lowlife into their home.

    • Jeremy

      That is very sad, and the same thing happened to me. My friend, who just got a legal associate job, was laid off last week because the firm went under.

  • http://huffingtonpostvideo.blogspot.com Mike Jones

    If it is still legal I don’t see the problem of recycling goods.

    – C.M. Banks

    click on profile name for more info on my latest video:
    “HOW WILL YOU FACE THE AMERICAN APOCALYPSE IN 2011: how you can protect yourself and position yourself for the greatest wealth transfer in history.”

  • http://Economiccollapse Paul

    Gary2, Both partys are totally bought and paid for and beholding to the same master. Look at the last 35 to 40 years. Have you really seen any differance?, any promises kept?, any problems that we the people care about solved? As long as the words Democrat or Republican are even a part of our conversation, then we are buying right into the phoney political theatre presentations designed to keep us fighting among ourselves and blind to how our country is being dismantled and blended into the New World Order. Please wake up and stop worrying about Dem. vs Repub. We have all had decades now now to observe and see what both partys are made off. Also if you were to tax 100% of the income of the wealty, plus if you were able to gather all of the wealth ever created since the birth of this country, you would still not have enough money to pay of our national debt. Thats how far gone it is, and it did not happen by accident.

  • ClanWolf

    Gary2
    September 15th, 2011 at 2:15 am · Reply

    “I had to dumpster dive growing up. Is sucks. Hey lets cut taxes even more on the rich??

    Stupid mother f republicans.”

    Who’s been President the last couple yrs? Is that white boy Bush still in?

    As for what the article was about. Finding food in dumpsters has got much harder over the last several yrs. Yes, I’m a decades long DD.

    Most places are so scare on getting sued or too many people make such a mess, that most food stores use compactors now. I’ve cleaned up many sites after others got down. They just pull stuff out and dump it on the ground.

    That’s a sure fire way folks to get a company to use compactors or have a cop waiting for you.

  • Macnasty

    Yea I remember that as a kid and for finding stuff in them, you betcha its not to hard to believe what business’s toss away as trash, go to a military base and see what they throw away as trash, brand new equipment that they are not allowed to have,that they bought at the end of the budget year to spend the surplus money that they had left over,it is truly a crying shame but not for the diver !!!!!! Michael keep up the great work I read ya every day.

    • Michael

      Thank you – I really do truly appreciate all the people that take the time to come and visit every day. :)

      Michael

  • New sport

    start teaching your kids how to dive into dumpsters for food.
    But beware there are still the garbage spies who look through your dumpsters to steal your identities! So SHRED SHRED SHRED !!!!

  • Colin

    Something becomes a craze, and then someone steps in to stop the craze. Look at what happened to super couponing.

    Eventually, dumpster diving will become an issue for some, and the authorities will step in to stop it. It’s inevitable.

    In other news, food stamps are increasingly being accepted at restaurants. I live near a 7-11 that accepts EBT.

    http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/story/2011-09-05/More-restaurants-are-targeting-customers-who-use-food-stamps/50267864/1

    • Ben Dover

      Righrt. The “authorities” will try to put a stop to it, then cry about the increase in food stamp recipients.

  • http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com Sheila

    Well we don’t have dumpsters here in the wilderness, wish we did!

    http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com

  • DEFCONStudios

    Michael,

    Second comment here. Thanks for these informative articles. I appreciate the amount of effort and time it takes to compose and to create these kind of articles on an almost daily basis. My favorite websites for finding the latest news that are Alternative are the following:

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=latestNews
    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/
    http://endoftheamericandream.com/

    These are the three trusted and most liked websites which I turn to daily for informative information. As they state knowledge is power and these websites pretty much cover everything I need to know. I highly recommend though Michael that you use GlobalResearch in addition to your articles as they pretty much cover and encompass everything that can be covered by Alternative news. They are one of the best sources for information.

    If I may also mention a key fact so you can use in your future articles. The real ‘fiscal gap’ for the USA is in fact $211 Trillion and not the National Debt.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/economist-says-us-is-actually-211-million-in-debt-2011-8

    Now onto the subject of Dumpster Diving. I’ve been and visited the CIS/FSU/Eastern Europe and it is almost common practice to witness that there especially in countries that were forced and ruled indirectly by IMF/World Bank reforms. This subject is actually covered well in Michel Chussodvsky’s book “Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order” I highly recommend reading the chapter on Russia and the former Soviet Union.

    • Michael

      I agree with you – Global Research is an excellent site. I have visited them many times.

      Michael

  • Who wants to know?

    I just saw somebody dumpster diving on Monday at Easter Seal’s donation drop-off. God help us! Jesus, please come back soon for those of us who still love you and care about all of humanity. How can you allow so many wicked people to run around and hurt everyone?

  • http://www.prisonpanet.com King Hercules

    why so much starving? The “corporate whore” mentality which all CEO’s have. Why does Wally mart throw away tons of food every month and lock its (dumpsters) up? because its the poor people they are exploiting and free food is competition pure and simple…

  • http://www.prisonpanet.com King Hercules

    why so much starving? The “corporate whore” mentality which all CEO’s have. Why does Wally mart throw away tons of food every month and lock its (dumpsters) up? because its the poor people they are exploiting and free food is competition pure and simple… 1

  • El Pollo de Oro

    In 2010, an obese neocon drug addict by the name of Rush “Pillhead” Limbaugh addressed the subject of dumpster diving. Instead of considering it a human tragedy, he thought it was funny. Yeah, ha ha ha—human suffering is a barrel of laughs. But what do you expect from the same vile globalist son of a bitch who accused Ross Perot of being an anti-Hispanic racist for opposing NAFTA? Guess what: Perot was ABSOLUTELY RIGHT about NAFTA, which stands for No American Factories Taking Applications. Alex Jones and Gerald Celente are also right: globalism has been a curse for this country. The more The Banana Republic of America (formerly the USA) outsources, the more it will become a part of the Third World—and the more popular dumpster diving will become.

    “It’s not free trade, it’s slave trade.” —Gerald Celente

    “Know where your money is because we’re going to see bank failures, one after another.”—Gerald Celente

    “When people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it.”—Gerald Celente

    “When the money stops flowing down to the man on the street, the blood begins to flow in the streets.”—Gerald Celente

    And the blood will definitely flow in the streets of this Third World horror movie. There’s no doubt about that. The worse the desperation becomes, the more violent the crime will become in the BRA. Some neo-poor Americans (who used to be in the middle class) will resort to dumpster diving; others will turn to growth industries like kidnapping, carjacking, drug trafficking and home invasions. Life is going to be absolute hell for most people in The Banana Republic of America, formerly the USA.

  • Jenna

    This will only last if it doesn’t expand bigger than a fringe group. Then all the resources will be sucked dry. Such exploitation activities also rely on the system. When the companies cannot afford to make as much food, dumpster diving will vanish.

    And that will be a sign of the times.

  • SamColt

    “Hey lets cut taxes even more on the rich??

    Stupid mother f republicans.”

    Never seen anyone work for a poor man.

    On another note. Thank you for all your articles. Never have I seen a better writer that flat out just tells it how it is.

    Keep up the good work! Love this site.

    • Michael

      SamColt:

      Thank you very much for the kind words. I have got some family obligations for a few days, so the articles may get posted a little bit more slowly, but next week I should be back to a more normal schedule.

      Michael

  • http://www.espn.com King Hercules

    He went from Corporate Decision maker in the boardroom to unemployment, to Bank Teller, to unemployment, to currently working at Jack in the Box drive through!!!!!!! He got the burger job ONLY because he lied on his resume and said that his highest level of education was a high school diploma and he spoke fluent Spanish. Oh, by the way he neglected to mention that he spoke a little French and German too. He will be 47 years old this July.

  • Jill

    @Gary
    Why would you expect your government to feed you? It is not the fault of one party or another that those amongst us expect to have everything handed to them, thus promulgating a new generation of entitlement seekers.

  • Rockdisjoint

    I don’t see the big deal. Me and some of my friends go dumpster diving every now and then.

    It’s fun an we get tons of good, quality food for free.

    Would you rather us steal the food? Or just let it go to waste?

    :D

  • joe doe

    stop scaring everyone with this jesus nonsense, I don’t believe in christ, if anything he’s just a man like me!

    • Highspeed

      I wouldn’t bet my life on it if I were you.

    • Larry

      Joe doe I would like to respond to your post like this. God gave all of us free will.
      Because of your free will you have chosen at this time in your life to not believe in Jesus Christ. It is easy to be an atheist when you are young, in good health, and are successful.
      It is hard to be an atheist when you are on your death bed. You begin to wonder if those Christians are right. Is their a heaven or hell.
      Dr. Donald Whitaker was an atheist on his death bed when he found out there was a hell. Please watch the 3 videos on this web site to hear Dr.Whitaker. http://www.ruagoodperson.org/id12.html
      I read many objections on this web site from atheist who complain about the religious replys to any topic discussed. The reason for this is the troubles in the world are so great that man cannot solve them alone. Only God can solve them and through prayer we ask him to help solve the vast problems. My prayer is that all of you atheist reading this will please watch the videos mentioned above. I have no affiliation with that web site. It just has very good information. If this has offended any of you atheist, I am sorry. Maybe someday you will see the light.

  • Tim

    “If you can believe it, the American people spend a whopping 53 million minutes a month on Facebook.”

    And that’s just Facebook. And with most people owning some type of wireless device nowadays, I wonder how people get anything done anymore. It seems that everywhere you look, company advertisements say “Find us on Facebook” or “Find us on Twitter.” Wow, isn’t that exciting! Recently, we had to call a repairman to service our A/C system, and when he arrived I noticed the Facebook and Twitter logos painted on the side of the company vehicle. Grocery store ads that come with the newspaper say “Find us on Facebook.” Even the local news stations say it. Do they really think that people have nothing better to do than to see what they have to say on Facebook or Twitter. This world is insane.

    • http://lastdayrapture.blogspot.com/ TK

      I thought I was the only one who disdained face book and twitter!

      • r.bitting

        Amen TK !

      • Highspeed

        I’ve never felt the need myself to tweet or make my private info public.

  • TucsonKK

    Hey all you overweights with a sweet tooth try it behind a doughnut shop. I agree food is wasted when this food could be donated to a food bank.

    This is the new USA!!!!!

  • Loll

    DDing isn’t new. It’s been around for a long time. It’s just become a valid “eco-option” for mainstreamers. Gotta love the students in the video clip. They dumpster dived a Trader Joe’s bin. Too funny. Now that’s the way to DD.

  • JD

    Food Not Bombs is a good movement. In 1999, I lived on the streets of Whittier, CA and they came to the park we were staying at and hooked us up with some food. God bless those people. These days most americans just wish the homeless would just die off so they dont have to be reminded of what could happen to them. Its shameful that the grocery stores dont donate that food to food banks.

  • JD

    In Helena, MT most of the stores do just that. They give away the day old bread and cookies to the Food Share. Im seeing alot of people you wouldnt expect going there for some extra groceries. I just heard today that peanuts are in short supply as well. Get ready to pay 33% more for Skippy at the store as well. Inflation is absoutley killing us.

  • Tim Herns

    Awwww, poor Gary2. Howz about you get a job and earn some money so you don’t have to eat my trash? Stupid mother f liberal ***********.

  • laura

    Food items from most stores in my area are donated to food banks or feeding centers. I used to “dive” in my younger years for household items and pulled out nice luggage, clothing, purses, wallets with some tags still on them, pots and pans and even levis jeans. Much was resold or donated to group homes. Dumpsters are taller in some areas and hard to get into. Some now are locked in a fenced in area. Enjoy diving while you can or before they are all locked. Best places for me was in/near apt. complexes as people really throw out good stuff and in a hurry to move.

  • http://RonaldGrey.com Ronald Grey

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    You’re right not only to describe disappointing change as “not for the better,” but also to highlight the alarming trend in poverty, which reached a new record-high in 2010 under Barack Obama.

    You ask: What is going to happen once the social safety net starts to break?

    The answer is that matters could get dangerous, like after America’s first Great Depression that came due to the 1873 financial crisis (as opposed to the second Great Depression in 1929).

    See ‘Hayes of Wisdom': http://wp.me/pZiAD-6Z

    Sincerely,
    Ronald Grey
    http://ronaldgrey.com

  • http://moneycrisisgameplan.com Money Crisis Game Plan

    I always wonder about all of the food at the grocery store that is removed from the shelves after the expiration date. Expiration dates error on the side of safety, so the foods are actually good for days/weeks after the date.

    Increasing your money cashflow is vital to keeping up with rising food and gas prices, to buy silver and gold bullion to leverage the transfer of wealth, and to buy preparedness items to protect yourself and your family.

    http://moneycrisisgameplan.com/increase-cashflow/

  • Lennie Pike

    In a roundabout way my comment has everything to do with every article the ECB posts –

    Did anyone watch the Medal of Honor Ceremony?

    Did it and especially the prayer from the Military Chaplain and the comments from the Traitor in Chief make you throw up and make you mad as hell as it did me?

    Come on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! U.S. Military, all of you are not idiots – WAKE THE HELL UP, YOUR COUNTRY IS RULED BY TRAITORS WHO HATE THE U.S. CONSTITUTION – IT IS OBVIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! –

    • bobbobbobbob

      the rebuplicanterrorists have consistently voted to outsource. but u dont know what a tax credit for exporting jobs is all about!!!! wait till u find out what exclusions arent covered in your health plan.!!! dont worry they will send the bill to collections!!! hey even jamacia has universal health care — its over for u. u offer the world junk jobs junk govt junk education and junk food.INVEST IN CHINA amerika is over

    • lindasc48

      the military grunts are awake they support RON PAUL with the piddling amt of money they get paid for risking their lives they send RON PAUL their MONEY

      • sam

        they’re all volunteers. don’t cry about pay or the risk.

      • CookieRam

        What Ron Paul is going to do. He cannot undo what has been done since Reagan was the President. Go back to sleep. You don’t need to worry.

  • HeresTheChangeYouCanBelieveIn

    The article makes it sound like growing numbers of Americans are voluntarily eating out of a dumpster because they’re ECOLOGICAL, when in fact the vast majority of them are doing it BECAUSE THEY HAVE *NO* CHOICE.

    Enjoy.

  • Golden Child

    That video making fun of American poverty was right. Like Chris Rock said back in 2003, everyone in America is wrapped up in the gang-like mentality of bipartisan political affiliations to actually realize that both of them are f*cking us over. The Republicans and Democrats are much like the Bloods and the Crips. Like these infamous gangs, the political parties were once founded for the people (i.e. CRIP is an acronym for “community restoration in progress”). A lot of people don’t know most original American street gangs were peaceful organizations set up because of the corruption and or apathy of local police forces in American inner city ghettos. But just like these gangs that were originally set up for a noble cause, Dem’s and Repub’s have become corrupt forces that hurt the greater community at large rather than help it. Instead of selling drugs and doing drivebys in American inner city neighborhoods, Dem’s and Repub’s hurt American people by outsourcing millions of jobs, engaging endless expensive international wars, unnecessarily growing the gov’t and paying non-wealth producing federal paper pushers lavish six figure salaries at tax payer expense, setting up a police state in an effort to grow the overflowing prison industrial complex which is responsible for the world’s largest prison population in America, killing private businesses, making education and healthcare unaffordable for average people and find anyway possible to lock every American citizen in tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt that may never be paid off. The list goes on and on. America needs another revolution.

  • Lennie Pike

    Well, he can’t really be called a traitor since he is not an American Citizen – he’s just doing what comes naturally and what he’s paid to do so he can play all the golf he wants and exercise his sick ego – hating the U.S. Constitution and doing everything possible to destroy America.

  • Lennie Pike

    Reason: anti-Christ.

  • BraneFrees

    It doesn’t matter what the topic is or how it is addressed. It can be about the economy, the weather, politics, world hunger, etc. and so on.

    Somebody (or several somebodies) ALWAYS, ALWAYS has to chime in with a religious advertisement.

    Enough already. Stick to the article’s subject matter for a change.

    • r.bitting

      I believe I am.

      • BraneFrees

        Boy, don’t I ever know it. It does get a bit monotonous though.

        My favorite religious phrase?

        “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.”

        Now there’s a quote with some practical purpose to it.

        • r.bitting

          I will pray for you. Not that you care.

  • Gerald g

    Just wanted to clarify one thing, fregans dont eat meat. The term is a variation of vegans.Unfortunately for the divers, not all can pass up delicious meat products on principle alone.

    • Ben Dover

      Amazing how much still-packaged food is fished out of dumpsters. If you look at it, it is often in perfect condition. Homeless people have been doing this for years.

      Americans will get over their revulsion at eating from “the garbage”. Most of this food has just passed the artificial “expiration” date where so many among us think it magically becomes poisonous overnight.

      My in-laws in Ukraine are shocked at how we waste food here.

      It would really suck to have to dumpster dive for REAL scraps to eat.

      • no kidding

        “Most of this food has just passed the artificial “expiration” date where so many among us think it magically becomes poisonous overnight. ”

        ***************** my wife pisses me off to no end with this.

      • pranah

        http://www.grandpappy.info/hshelff.htm

        Article discussing five studies on shelf life, two on canned and three on dry goods. In one, the US Army found that canned vegetables, meats, and other foodstuffs were in excellent condition after ++++46 years++++. Links to studies included in article. VERY informative, and should help put to rest the notion that food becomes magically poisonous the moment it passes its expiry date.

        • The Unicorn

          I ate some jerky that was at least 5yrs old.I did cook it boiled with noodles and had no problem.

  • Lennie Pike

    Hear George Soros’ comments on European integration?

    Who is this guy anyway? I knew he was trouble.

    Nigel Farage – please go after him also.

    Soon coming to the U.S.

  • doomster

    I have picked up some misc. computer hardware by the side of the road, but haven’t gone any further than that. I sure hope I won’t have to…

  • JD

    Lets see. Unemployment is up. The consumer price index is up. Gas and food is up. Forclosures are up. And THE STOCK MARKET IS UP!? What in the hell is going on here? The theives at wall and broad are still making money while people are desperate enough to dumpster dive and panhandle and those bastards are laughing all the way to the bank. Man we must be stupid. I pray daily for the demise of the banksters and the politicians. Im with Gerald Celente as a political atheist. BTW, for the commenters that dont like God too bad. Remember there are no atheists in foxholes! This is a spiritual war that is being committed on your soul. If you lose your job and your house no blessing will come to you if you hate God. Believe me, I know. I lived in my car and seedy hotels last year and the only thing that got me through it was my faith. If you think you are too smart to believe in GOD maybe you havent suffered enough. As for the people that dumpster dive for food Even 2pac said what else could I do I had to feed my f**king family!

    • Victor

      The often repeated misconception that “there are no atheists in foxholes” is an insult to the millions of atheists who serve and die in the armed forces of countries just like yours. Atheists died for the freedoms you now enjoy, so kindly stop with that insulting and ignorant nonsense.

      As for your anger and jealousy towards Wall Street, why don’t you get a job there if you think they have it so good and easy? It’s simply lazy to complain without action, and that’s all you’re doing here.

      Finally, the stock market is a *speculative* investment method. When you invest in the market, you are betting that things will get better, not that they are good now. If they were good now, you’d be selling.

  • Lennie Pike

    r.bitting,

    Amen. You are I Am if you believe.

  • Lennie Pike

    r.bitting,

    You within him, and him within you.

  • Lennie Pike

    r. bitting,

    While all the time, believing in I Am.

  • Kevin2

    It’s amazing what Americans throw out. Operators in a trash to steam to electric plant I knew would get new clothes from stores wrapped in plastic and once found a mason jar filled with silver dollars. Functioning firearms we’re found too. They were turned over to police.

    Someone once said that the degree of civilization a society has achieved could be measured by the conditions within it’s prisons. A society’s decay can probably also be measured by the number of it’s citizens picking through it’s trash. Any third world picture of a dump around a US Military Base always showed a significant number of locals scrounging.

  • John S

    I work mornings in a grocery store, in the evening I close a restaurant. Yes, you should be absolutely horrified by how much food is wasted in America. The grocery store donates some items to local food kitchens, but there are strict rules and limits. The restaurant will donate nothing; employees are forbidden to eat wasted food. Too much liability. ************* lawyers.

  • Nancy

    I’m soprry, but I can’t IMAGINE “Dumpster Diving!” I would think that you could get sick from the food that you would pick from these dumpsters. I guess if my family were starving, that would be one thing, but for those that don’t have to, I just don’t get it.

    • http://PerennialPlate Diver John

      Yes, Nancy, you don’t get it. It’s perfectly good food, worth a lot of money, being discarded. At 8:59, had you walked into the store, you would have bought the loaf of bread. But at 9:00, they close the doors and then go up and down the aisles with garbage bags and toss any dented boxes of cereal, hundreds of bags of baked goods, every single bag of apples that has a single bruised fruit, and on and on. I find easily over $1000 worth of food on any given night whether I go to Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. It takes less time than actually going shopping during the day. And if you find two whole, unopened cases of perfectly good organic broccoli, you get to play Iron Chef for the next few days. I spend about $200/month on groceries and put the savings toward retirement and education funds for my kids. Am I a bad father for providing my kid perfectly good bread (that, incidentally, was packaged in not one but three layers of impermeable plastic)? You don’t get sick from dumpster diving, you get sick from pathogens. Tell me, if they have an employee go through the egg case at the end of the day and throw out all of the dozens that have a single cracked egg, and I find ten dozen perfectly good eggs, is there some kind of super (supernatural?) pathogenic bacteria that can spontaneously appear inside of a sealed egg shell, inside of an egg carton, inside of a plastic bag? You really don’t get it. You should try to understand. Think.

  • dan17

    I don’t know about other cities but here in New Orleans in a poor side of the city we had a Suda Salvage Store that had very low food prices on salvage food. The store closed a year ago. I guess they could not get supplies any more so they closed. But it helped a lotta people get food on the table. I always thought that food is more important than tv and movies. The food comes as a blessing from God but it has to be natural and non GM. When the GM companies will own the rights and patents to seeds and crops we are gonna starve.

  • Pilgrim

    I wonder if the Bank of Canada is similar to the Federal Reserve as in the article ? It charts the economy for Canada > but how much control does it has ?

  • Pilgrim

    Oops wrong section ! This should be in Unaccounted and unelected > Federal Reserve article .

  • mondobeyondo

    Some of you may be inclined to try some of the great recipes by my favorite Depression-era chef, Ms. Clara Cannucciari:

    http://www.greatdepressioncooking.com

    A caveat: You will find no recipes for filet mignon, Peking duck, lobster, or caviar. It was the Depression, after all.

    Personally, I never knew there were so many ways to prepare a potato. I just always baked them or squished them to make mashed potatoes.

    • TX4Life

      Great website! The US Department of Agriculture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion has a booklet of recipes called “Recipes and Tips for Healthy, Thrifty Meals” that you can print out. It’s geared toward Food Stamp recipients to help stretch the entitlement. Simple, inexpensive meals for a family of 4. Our home uses it frequently since the Recession/Depression started and our household income went from $100k down to $35,000. On the bright side, I have lots more time for gardening and home cooking now!

  • http://www.LasVegasRealEstateHome.com Paul

    Just wondering why my comment on this article was not approved. Are you practicing Censorship?

    • no kidding

      “Are you practicing Censorship?”

      That depends… Were you practicing stupidity (I kid)? Perhaps you mistakenly posted under another topic

      • http://www.LasVegasRealEstateHome.com Paul

        Lol! No… I commented right here about all of the dumpster divers I’ve witnessed lately… Something to the tune of how much they find. Then something about the vast amounts of storage units out there loaded with stuff. China could cut off importing stuff to the U.S. and we’ve got so much stuff already… I really don’t think it would matter too much.

  • comnenus

    Reread Grapes of Wrath. Food will be adulterated and burnt, before it reaches the masses.

    If I owned the dumpster I would have shot the divers for trespassing. I can do with food whatever I feel like; I don’t want anyone else touching my food, it’s MY property.

    • Tina Wallace

      You, comnenus are an IDIOT!!!!

  • comnenus

    I always spray a bit of bleach before I throw food away. So no insect, two-legged or six-legged, could eat it.

    • pranah

      Mean sonuvabitch, what do you care if someone or some other hungry creature eats something YOU THREW OUT? Two-legged insect–you are an asshole.

    • mondobeyondo

      Glad you didn’t mention the 4-legged insects.
      Well, most of those tend to be carnivores, so…
      You’re not going to find a German shepherd eating radishes or lettuce. Not in this universe anyway.

    • The Unicorn

      Thanks for the heads up Comnenus I’ll be sure never to support any business you own or work for!!! Any business that doesn’t allow dumpsters diving (done with respect) should be avoided just don’t spend your money there.

  • Jean

    I’ve not gone dumpster diving for FOOD, unless I was starving… and then I would only go for non-perishable food. However, there are a lot of other good things you can get and I’ve done that a lot. Furniture, for example… those of you who mentioned it, yes, we are a society at present which unfortunately wastes a lot! I learned how to do this tho from my “dear ol’ Dad” who grew up during the (last?) Great Depression, and always “picked trash” at the dump. It’s really a honorable New England tradition, even by wealthy people.

    … the very nicest couch/sofa I ever had I picked out of the dumpster in my old apartment in Orange County, CA. It was white upholstered, there was a small stain on the “skirt” – I made a slip cover for it and had it for years. COMFORTABLE, even tho it was a sleeper sofa.

    What I think is most unfortunate though is there are some places that have made it illegal. Where I live we have to haul stuff to the county dump, which technically has signs all over the place about “no scavaging” – but the guys who work there carefully put some of the better stuff off to the side where people can take it.

    Gary2 – ya might just want to think about that potty mouth of yours… that MIGHT darn well be the real reason you lost that last job you had (you know, the one that paid you $10/hr more than the job you have now?)

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com mintukumar

    Hello
    Dumpster Diving is one of the greatest legal issues around the street side.

    Thanks

  • Steve

    A more benign version of dumpster diving is pulling coupon inserts out of wastebaskets at the Post Office. Many boxholders discard these as junk mail. Truth be told, in addition to the usual coupons for cents or dollars off food, household cleaners, toothpaste, etc., they often also have coupons for free food items. While a notch below full meals, these coupon inserts often have coupons for such things as free bagels, coffee, sandwiches, cold beverages, etc. So while you may not get as much food as you can get by dumpster diving, every little bit helps.

    And while we’re on the subject of coupons, ever notice that more of them require you to purchase more than one item to be redeemed? I’ve complained about this to the manufacturers and they’ve sent me coupons that only require you to purchase one item. Complain and ye shall receive!

  • http://economiccollapse alreadyGone

    Rooftop Gardens,community Gardens,Window Box Gardens For Apartments, They May Not Solve All Problems, But They Can Definately Help Ease The
    Hunger Pains.

  • Tangalor

    Dumpster diving has been around for years… when I was 15 (about 17 years ago), I even found a book at the local library exclusively about dumpster diving… I’ve been doing it off and on ever since… books, coffee filters, magazine can be found behind most bookstores, for instance..

    I can afford to pay for everything I need, but… why, when people are throwing away perfectly good stuff?

    Around here, when college lets out, desks, TVs, 1-yr-old couches/loveseats, COMPUTERS/LAPTOPS, all can be found in the local college dumpsters… (inspect said couches and such.. I’ve never had the need to grab one, but… meh, college kids can be a little nasty…)

  • C

    You can’t get sick from going to the Frito Lay dumpster, and dumpster diving for food in the winter keeps even frozen foods ready to go.

    Maybe some of these commenting have no concept of why people cook food. Or that, just a smell, small taste test, or visual inspection can determine if foods are edible or not.

    Meanwhile every couple of seconds someone somewhere on Earth dies from starvation.

  • http://YAHOO RICHARD

    EVEN THOUGH THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS ARTICALE I HAVE TO LAUGH. I USED TO GO WITH MY GRANDFATHER WHEN HE WOULD DUMPSTER DIVE. HE WOULD EAT THE FOOD. HE HAD MONEY THAT’S WHY I COULD NEVER UNDERSTAND WHY HE DID IT. HE CALLED HIMSELF A GARBALIGIST. I THINK THIS IS DUE TO THE FACT HE WAS A YOUNG MAN DURING THE DEPRESSION WITH A FAMILY. HE WAS A FARMER. MY MOTHER ALWAYS SAID THEY DIDN’T HAVE MUCH BUT THEY NEVER WENT HUNGRY. I REMEMBERED THAT WHILE I GREW UP. I DON’T DUMPSTER DIVE BUT I DO GROW ALOT OF MY OWN FOOD.

  • Patrick Doucet

    Why are all you people blaming the Government. If the american people wouldn’t have bought the products that were imported from other countries then we wouldn’ be in this mess. It is us, the working man that put us where we are. So be a man and take the blame as I do. But I am tring to fix the job situation now. When I go shopping I look for american made and if I cannot find it in the stores then I come home and look on the net. If every bodoy in the USA would do the same the Manufactorers would have to come back home. I THINK

    • Gabriel

      Yes it might be us that is hurting our self with not buying American made items. But at the same time with little money I want to buy items made in the USA but can’t see myself doing that when I can buy two of the same thing for the same price made over seas. Any ideas how I can get two of the same items made in the USA for the same price I would pay for something made over seas?

    • messy hair

      Doug, I am sure your on the right track. i do look for American stuff on the shelves. I also buy American owned and made in the USA autos, not Toyota and the like. One friend said, “well Toyota’s are made in the USA,” but I reminded him that the profits of every sale go back to Japan!!

  • comnenus

    If every business owner did what I suggested, dumpster diving will disappear within 72 hours.

    • J.Weaver

      Well! Aren’t we uppity! Might I suppose you have already tried your style of dumpster diving only to find out so many times someone got there before you? So you gave it up and since you don’t or can’t have then you would refuse others. Right? I know your type!

    • PDS

      I have been diving for years. You run into idiots like Comnenus every so often that don’t understand how ownership works. Here’s an education for you folks like Comnenus. Once you throw it away its becomes public domain meaning you NO LONGER OWN IT! You throw it into a dumpster which is leased to you by a garabage company. YOU DONT OWN THE DUMPSTER EITHER! Gues who owns the trash? The garabage company does! SO get off your high horse about you owning whats in the dumpster and get a clue. And personally, if I saw you taking the time to pour bleach all over food some other poor kid could eat you would get the shit kicked out of you in the back alley behind the store.

  • r_sigei

    And you need to take control of your finances by getting financial education. The market is rigged against you. Your IRA and 401K are in danger of becoming worthless.

  • http://deleted joeyche21

    That’s great! Please do recycle..

  • wreighzzah

    with its never ending recession problem, still America is not ready for dumpster diving. America do recycle but not as much as china and other asian countries. Who profits and turn this dumps and throw away things into cash.

  • Katie Caliente

    got me a new mirror yesterday, and my boyfriend says if i paint the edges..it looks more or less by design!

    hooray for dumpster diving!

  • Royal Thomas

    I feel Dumpster diving is very degrading especially when diving for food. I feel no one should eat out of a trash can. I feel it’s what’s wrong with america and really contradicts the word Common Wealth! If your in there to supplement your income it’s kinda different or you see that as the best way for you to bring in income. All about swallowing pride. On the outside looking in, if you decide to reside in a trash can for political purposes then you are making a statement, but i doubt it will be enough to change america unless everybody did it and well families in trash cans doesn’t sit to well with most providers, however if you did decide to reside in a trash can you will not have to pay room and board, and no utilities if your bringing in income, have no responsibilities then you are free to do this and it is possible for you to become above poverty. Should you never change your living situation there will be nothing you wont be able to afford. Then your problem will be solved and I hope you move into at least an efficiency. Royal Thomas

  • http://Valkazia Mark Thevenot

    I own a roll off Dumpster company and if it were not for the fact that I mine lots of recyclable material from my cans to either resale or use to barter with I would probably be homeless now.I think the Country is in the process of collapse and all of the sheeple’s need to open there eye’s to the fact what our elected leaders are doing is just not working.There are larger forces in charge than we believe and our system of government is a farce and is being used as the puppet’s in there end game. Who really is pulling the strings? In my opinion it’s the holders of the debt.

  • JD

    Comnenus,

    You are an asshole. There is a special place in the afterlife for people like you. Hint: it rhymes with bell. I hope you are humbled soon in life cause you and Hitler think along the same lines.

    • J.Weaver

      You have an uncanny ignorance of people in need. If you were starving or short of money to meet your expenses, would you become a dumpster diver or would you simply sit homeless and hungry and die!

  • joe castorina

    You know,years ago b-4 I ever looked I thought all you would find in a dumpster is a half eaten apple.Well last year I made over $9000.00 on stuff I found in dumpsters, not to mention 100’s of brand new bottles of vitamins, deodorant,a 17 jewel pocket watch, a diamond Tiffany ring, $600.00 in new postage stamps, 75 unopened cans of Yuban coffee, a solid oak entertainment center, a state of the art stereo,100 new, unopened Halloween costumes, 10,000 new sheets of sandpaper and much, much more.It’s like treasure hunting without any long drives or specialty equipment!!

    • J.Weaver

      You really hit the jackpot! I could ask where you are located!! Of course I am not thinking of robbing your spots, like finding someones favorite fishing spot!

  • Bodybagger1

    I use to work for an office supply distributor.
    It was my job to throw away perfectly good stuff
    because the packages were ripped or torn. Thousands upon thousands of pens and pencils, various office supplies papers sticky notes,folders and reams of paper were thrown out instead of donated to schools. We crushed file cabinets, water coolers,tables just tons of stuff so the company could write it off and get tax credits. You couldn’t sell it because it wasn’t completely new,but donate it to schools or groups who could use it ain’t going to happen. When I asked why they told me to do my job or find another job. I found another job, it was disgusting how much stuff they wasted.

    • J.Weaver

      Your handle “bodybagger” reminded me of a one time experience. That was finding a dead body in a dumpster! Turns out it was the body of a local hooker who apparently pulled the “wrong trick” on her john and just outside the local bar she found her grave! I also found the body of a skinned deer, apparently that someone hit on the road and skinned the deer and sold the skin!

    • HappyDiver

      Congrats on following your conscience and changing jobs! =)

  • Catdaddy

    I am an AVID diver! YES, I can afford to feed my family, but when I discovered how much GOOD food is thrown away every day, I started making a habit of diving.

    I bet I haven’t spent $100.00 for food in over two years0 and I have THREE freezers and THREE fridges full of food- AND I help feed several other families who are grateful for the assistance!

    I constantly can food, and I now have a dehydrator as well. When the SHTF I will be well fed as long as there is power, and as I dehydrate and can more, even power will be less important.

    People that have never dived need to understand- the produce I get is dropped in in nice clean boxes. The butcher shop “tailings” I cut up for stew beef are from the steaks that got put out TODAY for you to buy! They are in nice clean bags waiting for me to take home!

    The “dating system” that the FDA has come up with means a LOT of perfectly good food hets thrown out, along with dented cans, day-old bread, etc…

    Here’s an example of a day’s haul- 20-30 pounds of fresh meat, several loaves of bread, several bags of taters apples, carrots, etc. Yesterday I got over a hundred red onion sets for my garden!

    I have found brand new bicycles, CASES of cheeses, HUNDREDS of pounds of flour… the list goes on.

    YES, I have been “caught”. I tell them I feed hogs, and it cuts my feed bill. They smile and say, “sure, go right ahead”. If my hogs are of the two- legged variety, so what?

    When the economy collapses- which we will be soon- I will eat well, and many non-divers will discover it ain’t so bad…

    • lesly

      yes what a waste shame they throw away perfect pizzas cookies muffins and i go and save them

  • ddmaster

    Been diving since I think 1997. Never got sick of any dd food – winter or summer. It simply takes common sense and some experience to tell good from unedible. Economy sure is collapsing before our very eyes- one can tell by how eagerly media trumpet “the end of recession” vs. how many friends and neighbors lose their jobs and/or go insolvent weekly. Another sign is that many stores started fencing or locking their dumpsters. I’m talking about few that do not own “compactors”. In my neighboring city a new law was passed few weeks ago that legally qualifies dd as “trespassing”. Things are getting HOT – such interesting times we happened to live in….

  • Catdaddy

    ddmaster- I never have gotten ill, either- and my wife is SURE that some exposure to random bacteria actually makes our immune systems stronger… and she HAS a medical background.

    Got a little chuckle from your post- an ancient Chinese curse translates as “may you live in interesting times”.

    I had to clear out an extra closet tonight just to stack cases of canned meats, etc, that I’ve canned over the last year. My pantry was FULL!

    One of the stores I hit in the past- the closest to me- has now chained their dumpster doors, and I haven’t hit it since. Don’t need to, but if I did, climbing into the top would still be sooooo easy.

    My biggest challenge when the SHTF will not be getting food, but keeping what I have.

    I have guns and dogs for that…

  • Ryan Lamm

    I love dumpster diving. It started when I was a kid. I would dig around in the trash cans at the DIY car wash down the street. I would always find bizarre items. It truly excited me. Now, at 26, I consider myself a pretty good diver. I love going to the outlet grocery stores around 11pm or so and filling up on dented cans, eggs, some meat products, bread, cereals etc etc. I love doing it and am proud of it! Dive on!

  • messy hair

    I have one of those car washes and we have divers every day. I also take notice of what people dump in our trash and have found lots of good stuff. Computers that work, TVs that work, food, beer, furniture, tools, electronic items that work, lots of music on CD and yard sale items that just did not sell. I have even found several lottery tickets that people did not look at carefully and won well over a hundred dollars so far.

  • messy hair

    On another note, the quick stores in our area have those dog and sausage rollers in them. They are required to keep the rack nearly full constantly and must change out the unsold ones for fresh ones every so often. I have seen the people that work there toss out an entire rack of sausages, dogs and other items then rill it back up at 10pm!!!! Use some common sense why don’t you!!

    I asked if I could buy them at a reduced price or just take them home but of course they can not let anyone do that!

  • freegan

    U guys should stop arguing everyone is entitled to their own opinion! And for those of u who dont lik the idea of looking through trash, think of it lik a free yardsale!

  • http://www.saverenodumpsterdiving.com Jon

    Dumpster Diving–Reno’s Trash Politics, all the dirt on trash that went down in Reno

    http://youtu.be/XsD8Sq6cOxc

  • Sanjosemike

    The economics of DD are compelling: Let’s look at a couple with 2 kids who both work minimum wage jobs. For CA:

    8$: 264/week
    9$: 293/week
    10$: 323/week

    Cost of food for family of four 146-289/week
    Total income for both workers: 2112/month. Naturally rent and utilities are crippling, as well as trying to maintain at least one car so both can get to mw jobs. Assuming you can find a cheap place to live, it will cost a minimum of 600/month. That cuts your living budget down to 1512.
    By DDiving for your family food (based upon 220/week), you save 880 dollars/month! If you add furniture and other items, it could easily turn into a 1,000/month saving. If you had to “replace” that money, it would require another minimum wage job.
    Living on mw jobs is like living on a razor blade. It only takes ONE expensive issue to throw you into homelessness. DDiving will help teach your children survival. When they get to be teens, they can even do it themselves, thus multiplying your take.
    When you file your income taxes, you can get an “earned income credit” that will add as much as another 20% income to your family. (Illegals can’t do this, but citizens can). The EITC is 5,460 for 2 qualifying children. Your reportable income is 25,344/year and you don’t have to pay taxes on your 5,460 tax refund. That brings your family income up to 30,804. Not a lot, but survivable.
    This savings can make the difference between home and homelessness, if you can find a way to sell some of the stuff on ebay, which you could train your kids to do. You can find out how in library books. You need a computer, but you will be able to buy one in a few months on saved money. Same with Internet service.
    sanjosemike

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