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3/13/2012 4:18:06 PM

Igor
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"Forty percent of food in the United States is never eaten, amounting to $165 billion a year in waste"


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"The group says more than 20 pounds of food is wasted each month for each of 311 million Americans, amounting to $1,350 to $2,275 annually in waste for a family of four. Think of it as dumping 80 quarter-pound hamburger patties in the garbage each month, or chucking two dozen boxes of breakfast cereal into the trash bin rather than putting them in your pantry"


http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/22/40-of-u-s-food-wasted-report-says

Unfortunately, I have been recently contributing to this statistics Signed up for local produce delivery and can't eat it fast enough. It doesn't last as long as the supermarket stuff for obvious reasons. Anyone knows the best way of storing vegetables? They seem to quickly rot in airtight plastic containers and dry out in the fridge in my case. I tried adding some silicone bead pouches to the containers, will see if it helps. But maybe there is a better way?

8/29/2012 1:25:39 PM

wolfpackgrrr
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^ Pickling, canning, freezing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuD1oDth6es

8/29/2012 1:36:21 PM

Igor
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Sorry for not clarifying, not looking for a long term storage. Just so they stay fresh longer than 2-3 days (we get deliveries weekly). Honestly these things deteriorate right before our eyes. As much as I enjoy pickled food, the process takes way too long to do it in small batches.

8/29/2012 3:29:02 PM

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Try having a cooking day when you first get your deliveries so you cook anything that's going to go bad before you think you'll realistically be able to cook it during the week. Lots of veggies that go bad quickly when fresh will hold up a lot better cooked. And for stuff you eat raw, eat that earlier in the week and save the cooked veggies for later.

8/29/2012 3:34:03 PM

Snewf
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there are zipper bags specifically for produce

they should probably buy you a couple more days of storage

and they can easily be washed and reused

8/29/2012 4:11:50 PM

GREEN JAY
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plan meals, freeze stuff before it goes bad, don't eat out when there's food gonna go bad in the fridge.

8/29/2012 4:23:37 PM

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Found this solid wood mantel beside the dumpster on Saturday. Not sure what type of wood it is made out of or why somebody would throw it away? Pretty happy with this score, significant other has always said she wanted to buy one of these, paint it and convert it into a headboard.
Example:


[Edited on January 31, 2013 at 12:22 AM. Reason : ]

1/30/2013 11:59:57 PM

BobbyDigital
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waiting with bated breath for the 'after' pics.

1/31/2013 10:36:30 AM

dtownral
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Do you have a twin bed? How do you expect that to work as a headboard without massively changing it.

And if you have the ability to change it, why not just build a new one from scratch instead of starting with a rotted dumpster mantel?

Crazy hoarders.

1/31/2013 10:51:54 AM

CalledToArms
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I was wondering the dimensions myself when looking at that vs what mattress size they have. I don't think that has anything to do with hoarding though.

[Edited on January 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM. Reason : ]

1/31/2013 11:00:15 AM

ncsuapex
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I can't decide if the example pic is cool as hell or tacky as fuck.

1/31/2013 4:34:56 PM

CalledToArms
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it's not my style at all, but I think for a house with more traditional style/decor (think Pottery Barn) they look fine.

[Edited on January 31, 2013 at 4:58 PM. Reason : ]

1/31/2013 4:57:14 PM

Smath74
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Crazy hoarders.

1/31/2013 5:02:03 PM

CalledToArms
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ha, I just looked out of curiosity and Pottery Barn actually sells a headboard with that same kind of mantle look. Not surprised:

1/31/2013 5:03:35 PM

ncsufanalum
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^ She was interested in something like that. I'll either use it or sell it, no hoarding here. Antique mantels are fairly valuable.
-> http://www.unitedhousewrecking.com/thumbnails.cfm?itemvar=mantels&agevar=antique

1/31/2013 9:51:58 PM

ncsufanalum
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2/28/2013 11:38:37 PM

TragicNature
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^ O WOW

Is that a recent score or yours?

3/1/2013 6:06:36 AM

ncsufanalum
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Saw it on reddit last night.

3/1/2013 7:35:55 AM

Chief
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fregac exposed?

Thats a lot of xbox shells to ditch

3/1/2013 8:40:59 AM

ncsufanalum
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Most recent find, around 60 postcards from the early 1900s. Also found a 10kt gold ring and sterling silver buckle in the same box. Pretty neat find.

[Edited on August 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM. Reason : ]

8/5/2013 11:10:55 AM

djeternal
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If you found that Keurig in a dumpster, I'm going to take up this hobby.

8/5/2013 11:15:26 AM

ncsufanalum
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Keurig was a Craigslist find about 2 years ago now, $50.

8/5/2013 11:23:11 AM

djeternal
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I can imagine you could get some really good finds in dumpsters behind retail stores. I was a manager of a retail store and one of our display TVs went out (60" HD LCD). They sent me a replacement and told me to throw the old one in the dumpster. I brought it home and paid $90 to get it fixed.

8/5/2013 11:30:18 AM

ncsufanalum
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^ true, likely more risk though with cops trolling shopping centers and what not after hours

8/5/2013 12:24:22 PM

djeternal
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It's illegal to dig in trash? That seems stupid

8/5/2013 12:26:11 PM

Snewf
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retail spots usually have compactors

8/5/2013 3:58:25 PM

djeternal
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none that I have seen other than Big Box stores.

8/5/2013 4:09:45 PM

rflong
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I manage a recycling plant and you would not believe the stuff that gets compacted at stores like Kohls and Steinmart. We get watches, clothing, dishes, silverware, small appliances, etc. Granted some of the stuff is probably broken when it goes in there, but still it's a waste. Plus we are supposed to only get cardboard from these stores so it's a pain in the ass for us to clean this mess out.

8/5/2013 4:22:25 PM

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There's really no law against dumpster diving; however there are laws against trespassing. Also, just about any cop who sees you going behind a store at night is going to investigate further. It would be a bad idea to do it if you don't want to speak to the police for any reason.

Sometimes a person just needs to look for a box because they need to ship something they sold on eBay though.

8/5/2013 9:30:09 PM

TragicNature
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Pretty soon if not now, the drug stores are gonna start throwing out all their Easter candy. Try Rite Aid and CVS.

5/4/2014 7:09:33 PM

Smath74
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5/4/2014 7:56:20 PM

Skack
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candy, lol.

5/5/2014 5:59:57 PM

Arab13
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Exactly the reason he started dumpster diving!

5/5/2014 9:22:43 PM

Fhqwhgads
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I watch Extreme Cheapskates and a couple people dumpster dive on there


One girl dumpster dives in NYC. She goes to gourmet grocery stores and looks for the ready-made food that gets tossed

5/5/2014 9:26:09 PM

dmidkiff
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My old job was next to an Office Max, and I would check their dumpster every day on the way to the mailbox. This was my finest dive. The only thing wrong with it was a small chunk out of one of the back corners. It was still in the box!

5/6/2014 10:45:30 AM

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^ why would they throw it away? there are dozens of things they could have done (discount it, donate it to charity, give it to an employee, and loads of other options)

that is nothing less than criminal in my mind. this callousness with regards to waste of resources, materials, products, and food, and the uninhibited economic/material development that every country is striving for, is going to destroy this world within the next 100 years.

5/6/2014 10:55:45 AM

dmidkiff
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^exactly. And there were ALWAYS packs of nice pens in there (with maybe 1 or 2 missing) that they could have used for the business. I also got a 5 drawer file cabinet with a small dent in the side that I sold on craigslist for $40.

5/6/2014 11:14:06 AM

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"One girl dumpster dives in NYC. She goes to gourmet grocery stores and looks for the ready-made food that gets tossed"


that episode was my favorite. maggots/flies get to that food quick in NYC, not to mention rats. lol and then she had her normal friend and his wife come over and she served them that shit in some giant hodgepodge stir fry and the wife left to throw up after she found out it was from a dumpster.

I just didn't get that she had this killer apartment, great job, etc. but lived like a bum wearing socks that were like cheesecloth and not using toilet paper...I guess for some people it's an OCD thing about "wasting" money.

the next best one was the old dude who took his wife to the theater for their anniversary and pulled a popcorn tub and large drink out of the trash to get free refills on. And then got another on the way out lol

[Edited on May 6, 2014 at 12:06 PM. Reason : ocd]

5/6/2014 12:05:45 PM

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^a lot of those shows are 100% fake. A friend of mine from high school has done the whole reality show circuit (pawn stars, hardcore pawn, extreme cheapskates, etc) and he was put up to all of it.

his episode had him showering with his clothes, drinking only out of yogurt cups, etc.

none of it is "real"

5/6/2014 12:23:20 PM

PaulISdead
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i think dumpster diving is legit but id want some armor against sharp objects like needles

[Edited on May 6, 2014 at 1:02 PM. Reason : .]

5/6/2014 1:01:39 PM

Arab13
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Exactly the reason he started dumpster diving!

5/6/2014 9:29:42 PM

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"^a lot of those shows are 100% fake. A friend of mine from high school has done the whole reality show circuit (pawn stars, hardcore pawn, extreme cheapskates, etc) and he was put up to all of it. "



I swear I saw "Kate" (the dumpster diver from NYC) eating at Torii at Crabtree a couple weeks ago. Only reason I said it wasn't her was because she paid the entire bill for her and her date

5/6/2014 9:45:43 PM

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I'm pretty sure the NYC one was legit, I think she got fucked up psychologically when she lost her first job when the recession hit.

5/7/2014 9:08:15 AM

TragicNature
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I got 40 lbs of strawberries out of an ALDI dumpster bout three weeks ago. Currently have 20 gallons of strawberry wine working. Pretty pleased about that.

10/14/2014 1:35:28 AM

Smath74
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10/14/2014 8:59:43 AM

dtownral
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motherfucker is making prison wine from dumpster berries

what the fuck is wrong with you people?

10/14/2014 9:34:56 AM

jbrick83
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I don't know if the worst part is getting produce out of a dumpster...or that fact that he's making strawberry wine. Good lord...

10/14/2014 10:27:22 AM

PaulISdead
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should have made a jam

10/14/2014 10:40:28 AM

TragicNature
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You guys are such haters

10/14/2014 1:51:51 PM

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