One Man's Trash is Another's Weeknight Dinner: Lessons from a Dumpster Diver


| 9/1/2015 9:22:00 AM


Tags: dumpster diving, food waste, food policy, Rehana Franklin, Virginia,

 

Above: The bounty derived from one dumpster diving excursion.

Are you environmentally conscientious? Interested in social justice? Marginally bothered by the food industry, landfills, or consumer culture? Interested in free, quality eats? Looking for creative ways to cook up some fun?

If yes, then look no further than your local trash receptacles.

Is Dumpster Diving Legal?

According to Freegan, “Dumpster diving is legal in the United States except where prohibited by local regulation. According to a 1988 Supreme Court Ruling (California vs. Greenwood), when a person throws something out, that item is now the public domain.”




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