Dumpster Diving at the Board of Ed: What's in your Dumpster?

What do you throw away? How can you reduce your waste stream, save money and torment your teenagers in one easy action?

What do you throw away?

My haul one recent morning from the temporary offices of the Board of Education dumpster on Hamilton:

  • Two office chairs (needed)
  • A giant rubber band (cannot live without)
  • Chicken wire (for the  community garden), and
  • Stuff for the garage sale across the street

Nothing in the dumpster that could not be RECYCLED or REUSED.  There are  more "R"s to cutting down your waste stream.

How about REPAIR? Could you fix that toy or chair?

Instead of throwing an item away could you REGIFT it?

The most important R may be to REFUSE to use or buy a product in the first place. I stopped buying plastic water bottles 5 years ago and you should have heard the teenagers grumble, complain and moan — one even shed some tears.

Sure it is easier to just grab a bottle of water and go. But it didn't take them long to  get used to filling a  bottle from a glass gallon jug of water we keep in the fridge. The point being: It was not that hard to change.  Now if I can only get them to REFILL the ice cube tray...

See that toy soldier in the above photo? He is going to be our symbol of waste and conspicuous consumption. I will keep him  around and take a picture of him and waste when I see it.

Onward Recycled Soldier!

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Bruce Packer May 24, 2011 at 02:38 AM
I know that there are some gray areas when it comes to the legality of dumpster diving, especially given its relation to identity theft. Is the Glen Rock BOE and the GRPD on board with people doing this? As an environmentalist, recycler, etc, please don't think this is a loaded question as I am all for RE-anything. I'm just curious.
Naomi Gamorra May 24, 2011 at 03:45 AM
The Recycled Soldier will be taking some more trips soon! Onward!
Naomi Gamorra May 24, 2011 at 03:46 AM
It's a gray-green area, Bruce, more Green than Gray though.
Ken F. May 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM
I have so much here that I got from work. Chairs, steel shelves, work benches and cabinets, boxes and packing materials all being thrown away. It's almost like shopping at times, it's just a different kind of store.
Naomi Gamorra May 30, 2011 at 09:20 PM
good going Ken, green thumb up!


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