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Think Outside the Bin: Diving In With An Open Mind

July 8, 2020 / 0 Comments

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” – Alan Alda Keeping an open mind about dumpster diving requires two rules. Think beyond what you are looking for and be open to what you might find. Think creatively about how an […]

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8 Dumpster Diving Hot Spots You Don’t Want to Miss

June 10, 2020 / 0 Comments

You can find dumpsters just about anywhere and you never know what you might find. While you can certainly dig through dumpsters and trash bins anywhere, there are a few spots where quality finds are often more consistent. Here are eight hot spots you should consider the next time you head out to go dumpster […]

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7 Tips to Decide if it’s Trash or Treasure

May 13, 2020 / 0 Comments

It’s easy to get caught up when you discover a great item, but what happens when you take it home? If it’s a duplicate item, takes up too much space, has little or no resale value and never gets used, it may not be treasure after all. Yes, it can be gratifying to liberate found […]

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Go to College for Dumpster Diving

April 15, 2020 / 0 Comments

Are you interested in going to college for dumpster diving? You should be! No, not for a degree. We’re talking about going to college to take advantage of the annual campus exodus: move out day. Move Out Day At the end of the spring semester, college administrators issue a required move out date for campus […]

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Be a Food Waste Warrior

March 19, 2020 / 0 Comments

Ending world hunger may seem like a lofty goal, but small contributions can have a big impact. In the United States it is estimated we throw away as much at 50% of the food we produce. We produce enough food to feed nearly double our population, but 50 million Americans continue to live with hunger. […]

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Take Note – Keep a Journal to Track Your Finds

February 19, 2020 / 0 Comments

You probably already know how to prepare for a trip to the dumpster, but what comes after? You may clean and reuse, repurpose or resell your finds, but do you make a habit of reviewing them? Dumpster Debrief Design critiques, debriefings and after action reports are all valuable tools. While each is unique, they are […]

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