America is the land of the free. The land of opportunity. The land where you can make hundreds of dollars simply by looking in places where people overlook- namely dumpsters. Dumpster diving, like foraging for food, is a lost art in the modern world. We’re all so busy that we don’t think to look at the resources in front of us for extra money.
I’m here to tell you that there’s gold in them dumpsters.
All of these things came from the same source. Now I won’t say the name directly, but let’s say it rhymes with maples and it’s a popular office supply store.
I used to work at Starbucks. I made $10.50 hour before taxes. You could say the pay was worse than garbage considering that looking in one dumpster and a couple hours of work has made the same amount of money that would require dozens of hours at Starbucks.
What’s the best way to start dumpster diving and making money? First read this article to get yourself motivated. Ok now tomorrow when you’re driving around your town be on the lookout for open dumpsters. You want to spot dumpsters that aren’t hidden behind fences, or behind ‘No Trespassing Signs’. Look for some like this:
My favorite time to go dumpster diving is dusk, right before the sun is about to go down. True, there may still be employees in the building, but there won’t be as many cars as during the day, and there is still enough sunlight to see things. I like to park a bit away from the dumpster, walk up to it and peer in. Some people are hardcore and start to empty the dumpster to find stuff (if you do this pick up after yourself so they don’t lock their dumpsters), but I just like to gaze in and sift around. It’s best to start with trying about a dozen dumpsters, but eventually you will par it down to 1 or 2 that give you the best ROI.
If an employee comes out the best course of action is to play it cool and just go about your business. If the cops come say you didn’t know that dumpster diving was illegal. Dumpster diving is a legal gray area (if there are no signs that is). I’ve had one incdient with the police and nothing came of it.. it was no big deal.
That’s all there is to it! What’s your best find from a dumpster?