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Lars Eighner became homeless in 1988 after leaving a job he had held for ten years as an attendant at a state hospital in Austin, Texas. He lives in a small apartment in Austin and continues to scavenge. This article was originally published in the Fall 1990 issue of The Threepenny Review. Reprinted with permission.
On Dumpster Diving Lars Eighner ONG BEFORE I began Dumpster diving I was impressed with Dumpsters, enough so that I wrote the Merriam-Webster research service to discover what I could about the word "Dumpster." I learned from them that "Dumpster" is a proprietary word belonging to the Dempsey Dumpster company.
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“On Dumpster Diving” shows Eighner’s uniquely powerful insights and unconventional, yet elegant, prose style, which is similar in some ways to the nineteenth-century fiction he enjoys. Long before I began Dumpster diving I was impressed with Dumpsters, enough so that I wrote the Merriam-Webster research
Dumpster diving, (also totting, skipping, skip diving or skip salvage,) is the salvaging of waste in large commercial, residential, industrial and construction containers to find items that have been discarded by their owners, but that may prove useful to the picker. It is not confined to dumpsters specifically, and may cover standard household waste containers, curb sides, landfills or small ...
Dumpster Diving. Dumpster diving is a very successful technique used to obtain trade secrets and other important information. Dumpster diving is even legal in some cases. If there is no signage or other form of trespass notification and the bin is located in a public street or alley, case law dictates that if materials or property are left to ...
Dumpster diving is not a fashion show. The best thing to wear for dumpster diving is an old pair of coveralls. For hygiene and safety reasons, you’ll need to wear at the very least long trousers and sleeves, and closed-toe footwear. No flip flops and definitely no heels! Wearing protective clothing (especially work gloves!) will help you stay ...
Dumpster Diving † Chapter 1 11 Even if this gate were locked, a motivated dumpster diver would just hop the fence. A gate lock combined with a dumpster lock isn’t a half-bad idea, but when it comes to clamping down on dangerous dumpster docs, the golden rule is to shred everything. But shredding is a subjective word.