Life is getting tough during these hard economic times. However, many people are living in affluence, hence wasting a lot of goods. Dumpster diving is a way of getting in to the dumpsites to retrieve some things that can be reused or recycled. Many people have saved a lot of money through dumpster diving. There are steps followed for successful dumpster diving.
First, it is vital to be aware of the laws governing around you. For example, some of the laws state that dumped property is not personal. Therefore, divers are not liable for any charges in court. Find out more information about the legal limits of the activity. Some of the laws talk about trespass to the other people's territories. Some town do not allow the activity, hence it is important to know its legality.
Secondly, find out your own ways of going about the activity so as to be successful. Here, be able to discriminate between the enjoyable methods and those that are not appealing to your senses. You may see it as a dirty activity, as majority of the people do. Avoid looking for things in the rubbish bins, but only things put together with the rubbish, such as furniture.
Thirdly, link with fellow scavengers from other places. They will be very helpful in teaching you new skills and showing you new sites for diving. However, you might find others that get hostile with you as the activity is lucrative. They will see you as a competitor. Also, attend meetings about dumpster diving in order to get good skills on the activity.
Fourthly, you need to identify the most viable sites around. Go round your place to identify which sites are more packed than others. Different places have different trash. For instance, the supermarkets have food stuffs. You can go to such a place and collect the items that are considered to be stale. You will find that most of these products are still fresh.
Fifthly, always be time-conscious. Ensure that you are at a certain place at the required time so as to get the best things you are need. If you delay, other scavengers will get there in time and take them. Moreover, there are specific times that the sites are full, for example in the evening and in the morning. There are also certain days of the month that people dump there stuff since they need to move to other houses. At such times, they often dump there stuff since they cannot move with them. Furthermore, visit websites on dumpster diving to get more information.
Sixthly, dress appropriately for the activity. It is essential to take precautions so as to avoid infections from the sites. Also, be careful of the sharp objects such as broken glasses and pins so as to avoid unnecessary injuries. Therefore, put on gloves and denim clothes that wholly cover your body. Moreover, put on boots or closed shoes so as to protect your feet from cuts. Also, ensure that the clothes you have worn are not special since they are likely to get torn.
Seventhly, be sure to carry the necessary equipments with you to the dumpsites. For example, bags to carry the items. Also have a least of what you need so as to make your work easy. You might also need pickups to carry stuff like furniture or electronics. Additionally, have a stick or a pole to use in turning the trash as you look for what you want. This is because you are not going to literally dive into the site.
Ensure that you are alone not because you are stealing, but because you want to freely search for some thing. Handle the stuff with a lot of care. Look for what you want and put them in the bags or pickups you are to use in carrying them. Then, wash yourself thoroughly so as to avoid any infections. Also, be careful not to leave any trash lingering outside the dumpster. Put things in order and leave the dumpster in better shape than it was earlier.
The next thing is to carry your things home and wash them thoroughly as you prepare to use them. Then try them out to see whether they are efficient. Repair others like furniture and electronics. Lastly, throw away those items that you do not need. Also, recycle others that you cannot use at the moment. Alternatively, give them away to the other people at the dumpster.
In conclusion, dumpster is a fruitful activity if is done properly. You need to follow the above steps so as to succeed in your activity. Familiarize yourself with the local laws; adopt your own methods; keep in touch with other divers; identify the best sites; keep time; dress appropriately; equip yourself; handle the stuff carefully; and wash yourself and the items thoroughly.