There is a craze that is sweeping the world, and it happens to be digging through bins to find goods that could be recycled. This goes beyond thrift shopping and garage sales and gets into jumping into piles of garbage to find anything from furniture to food and everything in between. There are even rules and etiquette in the world of trash picking, and there are people from all walks of life who participate in this activity. Is dumpster diving safe to participate in? These quick pros and cons of dumpster diving can help you decide if going through the garbage would be a good hobby to pick up.
One good thing about bout dumpster diving is that you are helping to limit the waste that is happening in first world countries. By recycling products that are discarded you are helping to reduce the waste that is produced by people who throw things away that could be easily salvaged and fixed. The reduction of waste is pretty valuable to society.
Obviously, getting your possessions and food from things that people have discarded will save money for you because you won’t have to pay for many things at all. You can potentially furnish your house with things that you have saved from being taken to the dump and destroyed. Be sure that if you take up dumpster diving you clean everything very thoroughly before using it, or even taking it into your house.
The largest problem with dumpster diving especially for food products is that it is very unsanitary as a practice. When you root through the garbage, it is likely that you are coming into contact with all manner of unsavory materials such as dirty diapers, animal fecal matter, snot rags, and rotting food. If any of this has come into contact with something you have salvaged from a dumpster, you are in danger of getting sick from any of these things. If you insist on dumpster diving, be sure to sanitize anything you find.
There is also a risk of getting injured when you go dumpster diving. Often, items that are discarded are things like sharp metal shards and broken glass, and this is a really big threat to people who dumpster dive. You need to at least have protective gloves and thick clothing on if you plan on dumpster diving, and always look before your touch or take anything, as you never know where a shard of class might be hiding.
In some places, dumpster diving is actually illegal, and may be considered to be trespassing. You need to make sure that you rooting through someone’s trash won’t get you in trouble with the law before you even think about diving into a dumpster. If your region prohibits the practice, then it is probably a good idea not to get involved. It is your choice whether or not you want to get into this hobby, but if you do be sure that you are being safe and careful.