For the past week, L and I have been dumpster diving. Yes! I know…but before you start coming up with different conclusions, we don’t have much of a choice.
His mom T isn’t good with money because she always thinks that she has more money than what’s actually there. She get $3200 a month, which is definitely enough for groceries, utilities, rent and some play around money, but she refuses to buy any food because according to her “we don’t have enough money and that we can just go to the food pantry”. Food pantry is good food but definitely not enough for three people and when she’s feeding half of the food to the dogs. “Oh, dogs need chicken and rice”, “need to eat this and that”. The dogs are perfectly fine eating dry dog food and maybe some wet food for later but not all day long.
So yeah, dumpster diving. For one, dumpster diving is legal in the US. There are just different rules for different towns, cities, whatever. Once you throw away for garbage, it becomes accessible to the public. Children, animals, scavengers, etc. However if the dumpster is behind and fence and states no trespassing then you will get either questioned, ticketed or arrested, but the store manager or whoever property it is has to report it.
I always wanted to dumpster dive because for one if your dumpster diving for food and at certain stores and restaurants, I figured “Hey, the food is still in the wrappings so your not really eating dirty garbage food”. Stores like Tim Hortons, Begal Shops, sandwich shops, bakery’s and many more are great for exploring there dumpsters. Stores like these mkae fresh food, donuts and bagels everyday, but if nobody buys them then they have to throw them away at night. So that’s just a big waste of food right there and can definitely be donated at least to people or places that just want any type of food to survive. Like they say, one mans trash is another mans treasure.
We would wait until 12:30 when the store closes and employees finish up there closing routine and leave. Then we take a Nike bag over with us open the dumpster side door and reach in and grab the food trash bag that they throw away when they leave the store and untie the bag. We start looking for pizza boxes, burger bags, brownie bags, etc. There are mostly burgers and a few pizzas. The other night we were able to get 5 salads, there not really that goods without dressing so I didn’t really eat them, L’s mom T did. She has this thing about mayo where whatever she’s eating she has to have a ton of mayo on it



  1. I went dumpster diving for donuts once in college. I also remember when I worked at a halfway house in college we would get all the extra cookies from one of those shops in the mall. Too many of those could make you sick. But they were so tempting.



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