Posted 27 September 2007 - 04:12 PM
The point is, if your city has a bulk trash pickup look around a little, you never know what you'll find. Plenty of resources are lurking out there for you to find at bulk trash pickup time, and other than taking a little time to survey to see what people are throwing out, it's completely free.
Below are some pointers:
-If you know a house where they have young children (ex. 4-10 years old) who are growing out of their toys, check it out there might be a Nerf gun or other foam-shooting delights among the pile, or even a water gun you could convert.
-If you are looking for barreling resources check a house that recently had a major renovation, and it would be even more preferable if you know for certain that they had a plumbing renovation.
-If you want scrap plastic or other scrap materials check the piles of local machine shops or workshops.
-Use a bicycle or car to cover more ground, don't spend too much time checking one pile, if it doesn't look promising at first just keep going.
-Usually you'll find large piles at places where the owners of the houses are moving soon, always be sure to check those house.
-Go trash-picking with a friend or friends to increase productivity, your friend(s) might sight something you could use that you hadn't even thought of.
-If you know others that go trash-picking tell them to keep an eye out for anything you are looking for, they might just find something.
And that's all folks have a good time sifting through other's trash. Remember that old saying: "One man's trash is another man's treasure."
Posted 27 September 2007 - 05:33 PM
Posted 27 September 2007 - 06:00 PM
As long as you're safe, this is a darn good idea. Aside from being a rather cheap way to get useful items, it's another good way to recycle. I remember a time in northern California where you could find full working computers in dumpsters (monitor, keyboard, the whole shebang).
I don't have any tips to add to Blaspheymy's, but I can add to the list of freebees obtained from trash: I've gotten a Bow'n'Arrow, a Manta Ray, and a Secret Shot II all from what was considered garbage.
Posted 27 September 2007 - 06:01 PM
Posted 27 September 2007 - 10:19 PM
I don't feel the way I used to do.
I know its bad,
After what we had,
But Iím just not the angel you knew.
Posted 27 September 2007 - 10:36 PM
Founder of the Shadow Militia.
Founder of Nightshade Laboratories and The Nightshade Armament Corporation.
Posted 28 September 2007 - 05:57 AM
I think being caught dumpster diving is some sort of federal offense. Even though it's garbage, it's still the property of the person or business that throws it out until the garbage trucks come and pick it up. I strongly suggest getting permission before doing this, but it is still a great way to find cool and random objects.
wrong. the us supreme court ruled that Dumpster diving is legal unless specifically prohibited by law.
See court case California V. Greenwood regarding dumpster privacy and evidence that is admissable in court found in dumpsters.
Once anything hits the dumpster in the state of california, it's fair game. US supreme court ruled that 4th amendment (unlawful search and seizure) does not apply to garbage or discarded items (eg items next to a dumpster that a reasonable person would believe is trash, such as a couch or car tire etc) and that those items discarded are in the public domain.
When I worked retail back in the day, we would dumpster dive all the time for cool crap the store threw away, but it had to hit the trashcan first. As long as whatever broken merchandise we were throwing out went into the dumpster, even in then out, we were allowed to keep it.
Trespassing is illegal, but dumpster diving is not in the state of california.
Check your own states.
Posted 28 September 2007 - 06:38 AM
Is anyone else here old enough to remember Pepsi points?
Hell yea man. I STILL have a CD case from Pepsi Points I scavenged. Also did it at McDonalds when I saw people throw away unused Monopoly pieces on their fries or drinks (usually old people who didn't know they were there).
Posted 28 September 2007 - 11:09 AM
Exams week in any college town is like a huge free rummage sale, with people pitching stuff that they don't want to move. Madison was always great for the huge drifts of stuff you could find. I've usually found that the good stuff is sitting next to the dumpster, as opposed to inside of it. Easier that way.
Pepsi points...I never scavenged those, but I got a whole lot of free songs off of iTunes. Anyway, Pepsi Points always make me think of the guy who tried to get the Harrier Jump Jet.
Posted 28 September 2007 - 04:09 PM
Posted 30 September 2007 - 11:46 AM
Posted 02 October 2007 - 10:40 PM
Oh man, the first wave of Monopoly was so much fun. Well, before they made all the new rules. Like you could go up and ask for your free cup of water, and get it in a monopoly cup.
Also did it at McDonalds when I saw people throw away unused Monopoly pieces on their fries or drinks (usually old people who didn't know they were there).
Anyway, I'd recommend Op Shops or "Value Village" or whatever you call your local charity organisation. The pensioners who run it will always mark it down to a dollar no matter what gun it is.
Posted 02 October 2007 - 11:06 PM
Once our school district was replacing all of their computers, so we asked our counselors if we could take some of it, and they said yes. We all walked away with arm fulls of computer junk. We had to call my friend's mom to help us drive the stuff away (I believe one of my friends had something like five to ten computers).
The real trick, is to keep your eyes open. Also, try going to your local recycling center a few days after christmas; my brother and I did that once, and the guys there let us take a perfectly good TV for free. They even let us test it with an outlet on one of their garbage trucks.
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