Dumpster Diving 101
Do you dive for coupons or other items? Ever thought about it but you were unsure of the protocol? Well here are a few tips on the dos and don’t of dumpster diving:
• Do make certain that dumpster diving is legal in your municipality.
• Do take the time to scout your location. A drive by, a walk by, a bicycle by all will help with familiarity, is it worthwhile, and the best time to dumpster dive. The last thing you want is an audience watching you when you pull out your haul.
• Do check for rodents or other “friends” before inserting hands (or half your body) into the dumpster.
• Do watch so the lid does not slam down on you.
• Do be aware of sharp objects or caustic chemicals when diving.
• Do bring rubber gloves (and wear them!), a flashlight, a poker stick (one with a curved end to bring up bundles of coupons is ideal!), a step stool, and a razor blade with you.
• Do leave immediately if request to by store management, security or the police.
• Don’t dive if there is a lock on the dumpster or a sign prohibiting trespassing.
• Don’t dive alone! Safety is very important.
• Don’t actually get in the dumpster. Getting out may be impossible. Nothing is worth your safety.
• Don’t leave a mess! The quickest way to shut down dumpster access is to leave the trash outside the dumpster. Put back what you are not taking!
Scouting out the area is extremely important. You want to find “the” dumpster in your area for bundles coupons. This could be behind a gas station, a grocery store, or where the random newspaper distributor dumps their leftovers. The best day of the week could vary too. Saturday, Sunday and Monday are best guesses, but that might vary by area. You’ll definitely have to do your homework if you plan on dumpster diving.