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Have you ever gone Dumpster diving?

Asked at Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd. on May 15, 2009

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Photo of Bill Walker

“Yes, I have. (I got) some good furniture, a great high-back red chair, a TV stand, a couple of good things.”

Photo of Laura Pesina

“No … I’ve thought about it, but the smell kind of creeps me out.”

Photo of Fabian Conde

“I don’t think so.”

Photo of Erika Rater

“I don’t think so. I hope never.”

Comments

bronze 4 years, 11 months ago

a couple of times when i threw something away at work and had to retrieve it from the dumpster.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 11 months ago

Once had a man drive up over the curb and across a grass area to beat me to a dumpster to get some items set neatly on the grass beside the dumpster. Things that they just clearly didn't have room to load. I had seem them from 6th street, and had driven onto the proper street and through the parking lot path to the dumpster area, but he knew he could get there first by jumping the curb. He left tracks through the grass, smiled and drove his beat up old station wagon back through the grass and off towards..you guessed it...I won't say it, I'll just say ..to the west!

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George_Braziller 4 years, 11 months ago

I don't actively dig through the dumpsters but if there is a treasure sitting on top of, or next to, the dumpster I'll grab it. One time as I was driving home I saw a mountain bike in a dumpster. Drove the 1/2 block home to park, walked back to get it, and it was already gone.

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 4 years, 11 months ago

Uh, no... actually, I would be the sought treasure in the third pic. (Yeah, white trash.)

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Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

Uh, multi, hate to break this to you but I think the top two pictures are of "his" legs.... ;)

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Original_Me 4 years, 11 months ago

summerguuurl008: What makes you think dumpster divers look into, trash bags? Folks who make an effort to try & "give" their still usables away don't be gross & go to that extent. There's absolutely nothing wrong with taking things off curbs that still have its function to offer. Hey, I already gotta black entertainment center without a single scratch on it! Looks new! :)

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 11 months ago

Tange-You're going to suffer for putting her pic on here and you know it. At least you gave her high scores. I would have expected you to give her 10.0 across the boards. ,;-p

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TheStonesSuck 4 years, 11 months ago

Most of my L town friends can be found in a dumpster if the moon is right

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summerguuurl008 4 years, 11 months ago

Original_Me

If it's in a pile of coffee grounds, banana peels, and used diapers, I'm pretty sure it's garbage.

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Original_Me 4 years, 11 months ago

summerguuurl008: It's garbage only if it cannot be reused or recylced.

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Rabbitgoesthump 4 years, 11 months ago

Hell yhea, I got a 75 gallon fish aquarium, a working treadmill, and lots of other great stuff.....

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summerguuurl008 4 years, 11 months ago

No, I have this thing called 'dignity' that prohibits me from slopping around in someone else's garbage.

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Scattered 4 years, 11 months ago

Here is my hilarious dumpster diving story:

A few years ago I was visiting my (grown) children in Lawrence, when I witnessed a young man dumpster diving. He came out with only one item.....some roses in a vase. He got out, carefully looked them over, and drove away with a big smile. I chuckled all evening imagining how delighted his beloved would be with "her" gift!

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

So take a walk on the wild side...and the colored girls said..du du du du ....

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

O_Me - Yes, it was. It beat a walk down 9th street to Burrito King.

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Original_Me 4 years, 11 months ago

Original_Bob: that's very nice of that person.

If it doesn't have a musty smell, is broken, stained, or cannot be wiped clean, then my family & I take it. We've gotten a table & chairs set in near-new condition that sells for $299 at Payless Furniture. I even found some cd's, dvd's, a Sony dvd player, & a Sony Trinitron tv. :) :) :) I'm all for "dumpster diving". :) :) :) I look forward to this year too.

(P.S. You'd think that college students are more educated & supposedly "smarter". Must be too hard to think that wasting things only trashes our planet.)

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bearded_gnome 4 years, 11 months ago

Sigmund (Anonymous) says…

A tax on dumpster diving would be an excellent source of revenue for the city! By not buying things new people avoiding paying their fair share of taxes cheating the City out of revenues. At a time when the economy is struggling, the City should immediately pass a dumpster tax meant to compensate the city for loss of sales tax revenues by those that would cheat us by not paying their fair share. Just because your trying to save money doesn't mean the city doesn't need and deserve your taxes.

---hmmm, is Merrill hacked in to Sigmund's account at the ljworld?

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

"We used to wait until KFC threw all the chicken away at the end of the shift. Then we would dive in and chow down"

In high school we had a buddy that worked at a KFC in Pratt. When we were in town, we always let him know because they would throw away huge amounts of chicken. We caught it before it got in the dumpster. In college, we knew a Pizza Hut delivery driver that drove by our place on his way home. On most weekends, we would have a couple pizzas sitting on our doorstep when we got home from the bars.

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Dayle Hodges 4 years, 11 months ago

I guess I should let it be known that my furniture finds have been found "next to" dumpsters. I'm not much for "trash juice" either....

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flux 4 years, 11 months ago

We used to wait until KFC threw all the chicken away at the end of the shift. Then we would dive in and chow down

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

tornado watch? Down here, we decided we are in a tornado watch from April 1 through July 31..period. No need to keep updating.
I also know that Mrs. Autie is going to be gone for about ten days in the middle of June. If we don't starve to death in our unmade beds, wearing our dirty clothes, I might get out for some angling more.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=TWX&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes

Oh boy. Tornado watch from the North Ill/Ind border all the way to the Texas panhandle.

Prospector - Autie and I were discussing this a couple weeks ago. We are going to kidnap you from your throne at Free State and force you to take us to your sweet spot. Assuming that is cool with the guy that owns the pond.

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

oh the joy of seeding grass. I think I get to go fishing tomorrow..after daughter commences from the ICC. My spies tell me the crappie may be found in some certain flooded places at the lake. Brother in law wants to come have a fish fry, so we be off to the mud some place. I wanted to get dead snow in our net flix que but I couldn't remember anything but nazi zombie.

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prospector 4 years, 11 months ago

Bob, your gullies will be sporting some fine grass now. Crappie were a bitin' yesterday.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

"Hey, a little off. But does anybody remember the name of the movie about Nazi Zombies in the snow?" Autie

Did someone say Nazi Zombies!

www.deadsnow.com

Once again, eternal thanks to BlueHarley for bringing this up. IIRC, this comes out in June.

Looks like we are about ready to get a good ol'fashioned gully washer. Of course, I just threw some grass seed on some bare spots last night.

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prospector 4 years, 11 months ago

We love to. No need to dive, we just hold Babygirl by the ankles to grab the stuff near the bottom.

Bon Family

Bon Family

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stellamaris 4 years, 11 months ago

I like free, too! You can find all sorts of things at the ends of people's driveways, that have no trash juice whatsoever on it. I don't mind either way if others do it, more free stuff for me!

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Sigmund 4 years, 11 months ago

DougCounty (Anonymous) says… "Um…how to collect the tax????"

Great point, we will tax the dumpster owner based upon the quality of the stuff they throw away. It will be up to them to collect the tax from those they entice into diving into their dumpsters! We could use the money for children's health care, a very noble cause. Or the save the polar bears, equally noble.

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sgtwolverine 4 years, 11 months ago

Sigmund ... don't come up with new ways for the government to collect taxes. They're too grabby as it is.

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

Hey, a little off. But does anybody remember the name of the movie about Nazi Zombies in the snow?

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Ken Lassman 4 years, 11 months ago

Um...how to collect the tax???? Maybe throw some change into the dumpster? Install little yellow boxes on dumpsters like they have on parking meters to pay your ticket? Or maybe just forget installing them on dumpsters and throw some change in the little yellow ticket boxes when you remember to?

sheesh. We reduce the amount of trash that has to be hauled to the dump, decrease our collective carbon footprint by re-using stuff and reducing the amount of energy needed to make and transport new stuff, decrease the amount of resources squandered to make new stuff somewhere else and having to transport it here, etc. etc. And just because someone is too lazy to have a yard sale doesn't mean it can't be used by someone else.

Now go walk an alley and see what you can salvage.

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Sigmund 4 years, 11 months ago

Irish (Irish Swearingen) says… "Sigmund I can't tell if you are joking, serious, or creating a satire like, oh, Voltaire or Swift."

Who cares what I think, what do YOU think Irish? Good idea or bad idea to tax dumpster diving?

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sgtwolverine 4 years, 11 months ago

No, but I hear it may be added as an olympic sport for the 2016 summer olympics. The Chinese are lobbying for it because they think they'll be able to dominate it like they dominate the other diving that involves a diving board and a pool.

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Sigmund 4 years, 11 months ago

Irish (Irish Swearingen) says… "It is considered stealing to remove something from a dumpster that does not belong to you."

Things in dumpsters are abandoned property and it is NOT stealing to take them. You MIGHT be trespassing by being in the dumpster, but it is not stealing.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 11 months ago

Sigmund I can't tell if you are joking, serious, or creating a satire like, oh, Voltaire or Swift. It is considered stealing to remove something from a dumpster that does not belong to you. That is why people put free signs out when they are putting things out on the curbside. I have never heard of anyone being arrested for this, or the police stepping up alley patrols.

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notajayhawk 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm waiting for 3-meter springboard dumpster-diving to be recognized as an Olympic sport.


xbusguy (Anonymous) says…

"I thought dumpster diving was against the rules"

It's OK, if you get caught they just notify your parents.

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ms_canada 4 years, 11 months ago

Oh yes, the store is run by two young ladies. Smart gals. Pure profit.

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ms_canada 4 years, 11 months ago

There is a store in Twickenham, England that sells only stuff retrieved on bin diving tours through the town. That is what it is called in jolly olde England. bin diving.

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Sigmund 4 years, 11 months ago

A tax on dumpster diving would be an excellent source of revenue for the city! By not buying things new people avoiding paying their fair share of taxes cheating the City out of revenues. At a time when the economy is struggling, the City should immediately pass a dumpster tax meant to compensate the city for loss of sales tax revenues by those that would cheat us by not paying their fair share. Just because your trying to save money doesn't mean the city doesn't need and deserve your taxes.

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Lisia 4 years, 11 months ago

Every year.

I furnished my screened porch with chairs I found by dumpsters. My roommate got a bed frame (just the metal part), and we've found numerous working fans and lamps. Four drawer filing cabinet, bar chairs, utility table, aquariums, working space heaters. Most years, two friends and I pile into my truck and cruise the alleys. The truck gives height to look into the dumpsters without having to actually climb in. It has to be a pretty good find to merit going into the dumpster.

I also have this really amazing pair of Victorian style boots that my mom got dumpster diving when she was in college.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 4 years, 11 months ago

One of the nicest pieces of furniture in my living room came from "next to" a dumpster. I've never donned the goggles and dove in.

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hawklet21 4 years, 11 months ago

The only thing that I've actually pulled out of a dumpster is a full length mirror. It wasn't even dirty, but I still gave it a good scrubbing. Next to the dumpster and on the curb I (and the boyfriend) have found two floor lamps, a chair, those plastic drawer things, and probably a lot more that I can't remember. I am also extremely proud of the fact that I've never had to purchase one piece of furniture--I am the hand-me-down queen! :)

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

In Soviet Union, dumpsters dive on you.

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Donnuts 4 years, 11 months ago

yea, I found two cops that they made detectives on the LPD.

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tyger_lily 4 years, 11 months ago

This about the only thing I miss from living in Lawrence. We called it free recycling. At the apartment complex we lived at, people put the nice stuff between the dumpsters. We are planning a trip back to Lawrence for the Aug 1st move in and out, always good findings at the apartment complexes then.

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

Irish, don't worry about it..we are good with phonic spellers.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 11 months ago

I am so embarrassed! Wasn't thinking, but I have rehab at Kreider in an hour, so- champagne glasses

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 11 months ago

I once found a lovely set of champinge flute glasses still in the box. That was by the side of the dumpster.

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 11 months ago

RI--- Don't sky dive with your flippers on... Heard it messes up the sky diving thing.

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Music_Girl 4 years, 11 months ago

I know a lot of people who will take stuff people set out on the curb but the whole dumpster diving thing is just gross. I shiver and want to vomit just thinking about all the bacteria and smells and ewwwwwwwwwww......runs to restroom

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

I have gotten rid of a number of items by simply placing them in the back alley. I guess someone was real happy to have that broken microwave oven.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

Autie - When I lived in KCMO, they'd have bulky trash day every other month. The scrappers would generally have 3/4 of anything put out gone before the trash guys would. Oh, what would you do with a busted toilet? I don't know, but at least it was out of my yard.

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Ken Lassman 4 years, 11 months ago

Last summer there actually was a JW editorial, I believe, that suggested that we do like they do in Europe: at the end of the semester around now, or at the end of July, when all the leases come up for renewal, have a free recycle day, where everyone puts out stuff they don't want on the curb and it's free shopping for anyone who cares to do it. I think it's a great idea and saves those re-use folks from the dreaded dumpster juices, which, by the way, never stopped me.

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

Not on purpose. I have provided alley bait periodically. In my town, the scrappers run the route about two hours ahead of the truck. It is a green activity as it diverts things from the landfill.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

If it was furniture that was on the curb, hell yeah. Otherwise, I'm with Laura. Trash juice is icky.

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wysiwyg69 4 years, 11 months ago

No, I prefer to stay away from wal mart.

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alm77 4 years, 11 months ago

At our house, we've termed it "curb checking" (even thought that already means something else) because really, we get more things off of the curb than we do out of the actual dumpster and we've certainly never entered the dumpster. I make this distinction because I have a friend who never thought twice about chucking her kid in the dumpster to find cool stuff.

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Dayle Hodges 4 years, 11 months ago

Oh yeah, I'm afraid so.....students do toss out amazing things when they exit Lawrence; especially desks, chairs, and other perfectly good furniture. I guess they just don't want to bother with moving it. It's all good with me!!!

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 11 months ago

I thought dumpster diving was against the rules.... I still do it, but don't tell anyone.

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muddfoot55 4 years, 11 months ago

We refere to it as "dumpster Shopping." I have a buddy that I go with this time of the year. The student population leaving Lawrence leave behind some great stuff. The true test of friendship is when your shopping partner asks you to hold them by the ankles so they can reach in a little farther. Great fun!

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Norma Jeane Baker 4 years, 11 months ago

Yes, as a KU student I used to dumpster dive. Now, I provide the raw materials necessary for diving.

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