Oops! I Did It Again!

It’s moving out and moving in time in the Twin Cities around the U of M Campus providing a treasure trove of fabulous finds for all those with an eagle eye and the wherewithal to retrieve these items from the dumpster.  Apartment complexes add additional dumpsters to handle the influx of discarded items during this time. You may scratch your head wondering why items ranging from new to repairable end up in the dumpster rather than recycled or donated to thrift outlets.  A number of reasons explains this phenomena beyond the conventional theories attributed to the "throw away society."  Time is a large factor since packing up and moving out has to be done in short order once a new residence is found.  Many singles, especially students, are limited to what they can carry in their individual cars, and some may be moving into smaller quarters and must choose what to keep and what to toss. 

Oops!  Once again, MDM just couldn’t let these items end up in the landfill. As shown, this is just a sampling of what can be recovered from dumpsters including a desk organizer with light, a task chair that only required a screw to fix,  a brand new gift basket of bath items, a lamp, and a perfectly good apartment-sized vacuum.   It’s important to retrieve items as soon as possible, the longer they sit in the dumpster the more likely damage will occur.  Dumpster diving is ecofriendly by recycling items for further use–remember if the item is worth salvaging, even though  you, personally, may not have need of  it, there are others who do and would appreciate receiving it.   In fact, MDM would like to suggest to the owners/managers of apartment complexes to contact their local thrift stores and arrange a day for a vehicle to do a pick-up at the complex for donations.  

A win, win for all including the environment!

College Dumpster Diving: Big Payoffs

The month of May is the beginning of the college exodus from dorms and off-campus housing.  This will go on until the beginning of June depending on the end of spring semester of your local university or college.  One of the problems of our modern society is that we have become a throwaway culture and like with any change in our habitats many items are simply tossed. 

There can be many reasons why the campus and surrounding area are great for pickers at the end of Spring. 

1.  Some students will be flying home and do not want to be burden with the task of boxing up and the cost of shipping possessions home.

2.  Some will be breaking up quarters shared by several students, and items bought simply are no longer wanted or needed–especially if there are plans to upgrade items such as electronics, etc.

3.  Some items may require cleaning or repair and that takes time and motivation.

Whatever the reason, as the old saying goes one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  One of MDM’s staffers found this perfectly good small TV with VCR left near a dumpster and retrieved it from its future home at the landfill.  Nothing was wrong with it, it was from a well known electronics manufacturer and worked perfectly fine, the only thing it needed was an external antenna. 

The end of the semester is fast approaching, so keep a lookout for retrieving these items.  Even if you can’t use them, MDM recommends recycling these items as donations to the disadvantaged.  Being Green is not only being environmentally conscientious, but it’s just plain smart!