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7 Tips to Decide if it’s Trash or Treasure

May 8, 2019 / 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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Malone started dumpster diving nine years ago, when he was working at a lower-level corporate security job.

May 6, 2019 / 0 Comments

Matt Malone doesn’t mind being called a professional dumpster diver. He tells me this a little after 2 am on the morning of July 7 as we cruise the trash receptacles behind the stores of a shopping center just off the Capital of Texas Highway in Austin. Given the image that conjures, though, it’s worth pointing […]

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Go to College for Dumpster Diving

April 15, 2019 / 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, 2019 / 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 20, 2019 / 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 if 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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Dumpster of Misfit Toys

January 23, 2019 / 0 Comments

The Holiday Season generally means gifts aplenty. Now that Christmas is over, new and unused items that were unwanted gifts turn the average dumpster into a treasure chest. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes easier for people to toss unwanted gifts in the rubbish than it is to return or exchange them at a store. And, even when […]

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