Ok, so I know the last post here was 5 years ago (Waaaat!?) but the only active DumpsterDiving community is a bit shit, so I thought I may as well start a post here and see if we can get it going again!
I went out the other night with a friend to the bins behind spar. We live in a tiny little town and there isn't much dumpstering oppurtunity. Usually the unlocked bins have a few moldy apples but we noticed that this time the bin had been chained up ... although really badly. Kiaren tipped the bin up on its side and I squeezed into the gap between the lock and bin and we ended up pulling out :
6 Loaves of white bread
2 multipacks of monster munch
A load of potatoes and spring onions (yumyumyumyum)
about 6 boxes of activia strawberry yoghurts
It's not much, but for the area we're in it's pretty amazing! I'm moving to Bristol on Saturday and i'm going to live like a bin queen up there!
So. I think everyone should definately post here , ok ;)
so i went dumpster diving last night.
a brand new tooth paste
brand new deoderant(2 of them)
a nice slightly broken lamp
cool metal work decoration
its just so funny when places put locks on there garbage. its like hey you dont steal our garbage! Its just so funny. there was this one dumpster that was full of food that was in cans adn still in the cases. but no. it was locked. what bull shit. the day i forget my wirecutters. sigh.
When: April 12th 7-9pm (at 9PM we'll begin a walking tour of the
useable retail waste of the West Village).
Where: The New School, Enter at 66 West 12th Street (East of 6th
Ave), Manhattan, NYC.
Sign in, go through courtyard to Lang Cafeteria (Room 100)
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Victoria’s Secret Victory
and Birthday Party
for Wetlands Activism Collective
On Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 PM, Wetlands Activism Collective, in conjunction with Times Up!, will hold a party to commemorate Victoria’s Secret’s recent commitment to phase out the use of paper pulp from endangered forests and increase use of recycled paper in its catalogs and to announce an upcoming National Day of Protest, April 21, targetting catalog companies that have yet to institute significant reforms. Victoria’s Secret’s announcement comes at the heels of 2 years of protests, street theater, and civil disobedience by Wetlands Activism Collective, ForestEthics, and other environmental groups. The party will also commemorate Wetlands Activism Collective’s 18th birthday. Founded as the social justice and environmental arm of the late, lamented Wetlands Preserve nightclub, Wetlands Activism Collective has devoted almost two decades to successful advocacy campaigns on issues like forest defense, anti-consumerism, animal rights, anti-globalization, indigenous people’s rights, resource waste, and labor rights.
The party will feature music with DJ Thadeaus and surprise guests, free food (prepared by Freegan.info; a project of Wetlands Activism Collective); a freegan fashion show; updates on forest defense campaigns featuring activists from Wetlands Activism Collective, Rainforest Relief, and ForestEthics, environmental films; and slideshows of exciting images from forest defense protests and direct actions.
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For those who don't know this, I volunteer for a local (New Haven, CT) animal adoption project that specializes in cats. Last night, when I got to work, the hospital had a rottweiler named Harley that had been given up for euthanization. The events as I understand it are, the dog was brought in with a hip problem. After having been treated, Harley went home with his owner. Apparently, he was brought back in a day or so later with a broken femur. The owner allegedly tried saying she didn't know how it happened, then finally admitted the dog fell at home (whether through negligence or accident, I don't know). What amazed me is, the owner apparently decided the dog was too much trouble or something to that degree, and wanted to have it euthanized.
I sat with this dog for a total of about half an hour before and after doing my volunteer work, and he is amazingly affectionate. He kept putting his paw in my lap and letting me scratch behind his ears and all down his sides. At one point, I was sitting next to him on the floor with my back to a cabinet, and had my hand under his head. Harley decided to lay his head down on my hand and doze off for a few minutes with me cradling his head. He's one of the most pleasant dogs I've seen come through the hospital. Apparently, right before I arrived, a kitten walked up to him, swatted his nose, and HE backed down.
I will inform through this medium that this is a somewhat bigger dog. As an adult male, Harley is about 140 lbs, and stands at mid-thigh height to me (measured from the top of his head when standing). However, rottweilers have a much better disposition than people seem to understand. The portrayal of the mean, vicious junkyard dog only applies to these animals when they've been abused and trained to react to humans with suspicion and anger. Normally, rottweilers are sweet and loving, and VERY protective of their families. I would have adopted him in a heartbeat, but I'm in a situation where it's not possible. If anyone would like to talk to the people who deal with adoption, message me here and I'll send you their phone number. I am willing to help in transporting him, in exchange for EXACTLY how much gas I use, and not a penny more (and I only ask for gas because I'm unemployed).
The other day I found a bunch of broken mirrors behind a craft store and later that night I found a HUGE pack of glue sticks. So I glues the broken mirror bits to my wall in a big ol' mosaic. I'll have to post pictures soon.
Y'all know there's another diving community, right? It quite sufficient, not to denounce what's happening here. I've joined both so good luck.
List of things I've found that note worthy:
beer, in excess
wine, in excess
Those are my favorites; if anyone else is near Newport News, VA, let me know.
Looking for fellow dumpster divers in the Meriden, CT area. I've been making a conscious effort to move back to freeganism, and want people to go raiding with.
Also, anyone up for hitting the yearly "Yale fucks leaving and throwing all their perfectly good shit from their mommies and daddies out" dumpster extravaganza with me? We need to do it early, though.........all of New Haven, CT and the surrounding areas hit that stuff!
Journalists would also like to talk to freegans who are here:
New Hampshire (anywhere)
Rhode Island (anywhere)
London. England, UK
Southeast England, UK
We've also received requests from overseas from journalists wanting
to interview freegans. There are journalists who would like to talk
to you if you are freegan and live
Anywhere in the UK, especially
East Midlands, UK
(Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire/Leicestershire/Lincolnshire/ East Staffordshire)
Yorkshire, England, UK
Anywhere in Australia