124 Of The Coolest Things People Found In The Trash, As Shared On The ‘Dumpster Diving’ Online Group

One person’s trash is another’s treasure, and the ‘Dumpster Diving’ subreddit believes it quite literally, fully embracing the saying. It’s an online community of over 130k members that’s been celebrating the cool things (including pets!) found among the trash since 2009, the year it was founded. With a tagline like ‘Fun with Garbage,’ there’s no way that somebody wouldn’t be intrigued to open the lid and take a peek at what’s going on in the group!

The folks over on r/DumsterDiving are sharing their intriguing finds, and we’ve collected some of their most interesting photos to share with you Pandas. Not only are the pics the perfect metaphor for the fact that Lady Luck can smile on you at any moment, but they’re also a reminder to protect the environment. After all, why buy something new when you can reuse a perfectly good item?

Remember to upvote your fave dumpster finds as you scroll down and let us know if anything from the garbage ever found its way into your home. Be sure to read on for Bored Panda’s interview with Greenpeace about the reuse revolution and where the ultimate responsibility for eco-friendly decisions lies.

#1 Tonight's Find

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#2 Tenants In My Apartment Complex Got Evicted. Left This In The Dumpster. Just Needs To Be Cleaned Up A Little

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#3 Found A Very Cool Couch This Morning- Only Had To Dive For The Cushions!!

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According to The World Bank, the world generates a whopping 2.01 billion tons of municipal solid waste each year. Around a third of that isn’t dealt with in an environmentally safe manner. High-income countries might account for 16 percent of the global population, but they generate 34 percent of the total waste.

Globally, each person creates anywhere from 0.11 to 4.54 kilograms of waste each day, depending on where they live. The situation is bound to get worse as the world’s population increases and more nations become developed. By the year 2050, the amount of global waste is set to grow to 3.40 billion tonnes.

#4 Found This Rascal Next To A Dumpster, She Made A Great Addition To The Family And Is By Far My Best Dumpster Diving Haul

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#5 Found In The Alley. It Weighed A Million Tons, Because Those Pillars Are Real Marble

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#6 I Found This Ring In The Dumpster On Monday! Had It Appraised Yesterday And Found Out It’s A Handmade Gold Ring From The 60s-70s! It’s 14k Gold Band Is Worth $200+ (Stone Is Glass). I Also Found Those Tiny Hands With It Haha

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One of the biggest problems contributing to climate change and pollution is the massive production of single-use plastics and packaging. If products were built to be used and reused, we’d be in a far better position to deal with the climate crisis.

Greenpeace explained to Bored Panda that it’s mainly corporations that bear the biggest responsibility for changing how plastic is used and produced globally. The role of individuals is still important, however, it’s important not to lose sight of the big picture and where the biggest impact could be made.

#7 Didn't Even Have To Go Far...sitting Right By My Apartment Dumpster

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#8 Husband: “Honey It’s Just An Empty Case, I Am Not Climbing In For That.” Wife (Me): “Just Get In And Get It The Case Might Be Worth Something, Plus I Have A Feeling.” Who Was Right? Well It Was The Wife Of Course

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#9 Thought You Guys Might Like My Fav Trash Pick Ever: Made My Dad Drive 25 Mins One Way In His Truck In Spitting Rain While I Sat With It To Make Sure No One Else Took It Has The Original Record Player Inside Also. I Know It’s Not Everyone’s Style But It’s Like It Was Meant To Be In My 50’s Ranch!

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"Though it’s important for individuals to take part in the reuse revolution movement and do their best to reduce their plastic footprints, the responsibility lies on the multinationals that produce single-use plastic packaging in the first place," a Greenpeace representative told Bored Panda.

"One of the big challenges we are faced with is the corporation's addiction to single-use plastic and their relationship with the fossil fuel industry. As global demand for oil declines, the fossil fuel industry is doubling down on plastic, the new frontier for petrochemical production.”

#10 Thought Someone Was Throwing Away An Old Violin. Nope, It's Roulette!

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#11 After A $35 Part, 55" Curved Samsung 4k TV Saved From The Dumpster Works Like New!

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#12 $175 Watch Was Damaged Out For Having A Broken Clasp. Took It To The Watch Repair Kiosk At The Mall And He Said It Wasn't Broken, They Just Didn't Know How To Work The Self Adjusting Clasp

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Greenpeace claims that big corporations are working hand-in-hand with the fossil fuel industry while putting up an eco-friendly front.

“While big brands like Coca-Cola, Nestlé, and Pepsi claim they are addressing the plastic pollution crisis, they are working hand-in-hand with the fossil fuel industry and making even more plastic,” the rep said.

“As it stands, plastic production could double within the next 10-15 years, and triple by 2050. This is alarming, especially if we are to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees. Plastic is an important part of moving away from fossil fuels, combating climate change, and protecting communities."

#13 Christmas Eve Dive

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#14 Why Would Someone Throw This Away??

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#15 Found MacBook Air With Cracked Screen But Works Great On An External Monitor!

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#16 We Are Such A Wasteful Society, This Was Found In One Cee-Vee-Ess Dumpster

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#17 I Just Don't Know How You Throw These Away. Too Cool

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#18 Update On M’lady, Safe In My Bedroom! It Has Been Steam Cleaned And Checked For Pests, Thanks For The Suggestions!

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#19 It’s Amazing What People Will Throw Away. Late 1960s Schwinn ‘Fair Lady’ Cruiser. My Wife Needed A Bike And Absolutely Loves It!

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#20 I Work As A School Photographer. Best Believe That When I Pulled Up At The Elementary School I Was Photographing And Saw The Giant Gorgeous Mirror Near The School Dumpster?? I Snuck Her Into My Back Seat Before Heading Into The School

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#21 I Found Her Dumpster Diving This Morning I Was Able To Find Homes For Her Two Sisters But Nobody Wanted Her. Looks Like Now I Have A Cat

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#22 I Go To A Private School, And Many Students Are Very Rich And Very Wasteful. I Found Everything I Am Wearing In The Trash At The End Of The Semester (& Like Half My Closet Lol)

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#23 This Beautiful Chair I Saved From A Skip Today!

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#24 Found This Dumpster Diving Tonight... Everything But The Chain Strap Marked And Tested As 14k Gold

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#25 $300 Headphones Still In Shrink Wrap Who Does This?

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#26 Posted By A Friend

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#27 One Of My Best Dumpster Finds Ever. 1940s Chest Type Coca Cola Cooler. Another Guy Showed Up With His Wife And Said Too Bad You’re All Alone You Cannot Pick It Up By Yourself. Well It’s In My House So I Guess I Did

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#28 Got This Side Table From The Curb. It's Top Was Broken, So I Spend A Little Over 3 Hours And €4 Worth Of Rope And Glue To Upcycle It To This!

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#29 Best Find Yet! It Amazes Me What People Throw Away (Rescued All This From The County Dump)

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#30 Found This In The Dumpster And Thought What The Hell, Let Me Check The Balance. Turns Out There Is Money On It!!

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#31 Lane Midcentury Modern Desk I Picked Off The Curb Last Night In My Neighborhood

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#32 Not In The Dumpster But Next To It. Mid Century Cherry Red American Tourister Nesting Suitcases!

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#33 So, Uh, I Found A Saxophone

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#34 Found A Mint-Condition Ipod W/ 700+ Songs!!

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#35 Took The Back Way Home This Evening And Stumbled Upon This Beauty. The Boyfriend Has Been Shopping Around For A Gaming Chair, Too!

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#36 Campus Move-Out Day Has Blessed My Friend With A Full Drum Set!

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#37 So Excited About This Curbside Find!! The Wife Wanted New Barstools To Replace Our Crappy Wood And Cloth Ones. Found A Set Of 4 Of These With A Sign That Read “Free! I’m Vegan Now” Ha! Cleaned Up The Leather Already Going To Do Some Chrome Repair Good As New! Thank You Vegan Stranger!

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#38 Found This On Top Of A Glass Recycling Bin On My Way To Pick Wildflowers

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#39 Didn't Realize How Heavy Old Sewing Machines Are Until I Found This One While Riding My Bike And Had To Walk Three Blocks With My Bike In One Hand And This Guy In The Other

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#40 Found This Vase By A Dumpster During A Lunar New Years Traipse In Chinatown, It's Now Become My Baby

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#41 Watched A Guy Put A Box In A E-Waste Bin And Had To Take A Look

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#42 Found A Perfectly Working iPhone 6 Plus At The Dump!

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#43 My Dad Pulled This Gigantic Canvas Out Of The Dumpster At The School He Works At, I Taped The One Tear It Had, Covered It In Black Gesso And Painted This

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#44 Rescued From A 3 Letter Pharmacy Dumpster And Headed For Donation To A Clothing Charity Run By A Local Church

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#45 When Your Fashion Forward Neighbor Starts To Watch Marie Kondo And Dumps Half Her Wardrobe

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#46 Saved From The Landfill This Weekend!

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#47 Found In Someone Illegal Dumping, Such An Antique Prize

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#48 Found Two Gift Cards In The Dumpster Of The Local Thrift Shop. I Just Checked The Balance On Them, And Each One Has $100 On It

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#49 Found A 40” Samsung In My Building’s Garbage Room. Didn’t Power On, Diagnosed A Bad Power Board. Ordered A New One And Voila!

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#50 Found This Beauty In A Jewelry Box Mixed In With A Bunch Of Fake Jewelry. 14k Yellow Gold, With A 1k Tanzanite Gem In The Middle, Surrounded By 23 Genuine Baguette Diamonds. Having It Appraised In 2 Days

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#51 Local Greenhouse Is At It Again

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#52 Me And My Mom Went Dumpster Diving

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#53 When Out To Dumpsterdive And Play Pokémon Go Last Night, And Found This Little Cutie. Took Her In And Posted About Her On "Lost Pets" On Facebook. After She Had Been Missing For 2 Weeks, She Finally Got Back Home To Her Parents And She Was Only 3 Months Old

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#54 Our First Time Diving Last Night. Only One Find, But We Were Thrilled! (She Hasn’t Stopped Guarding It)

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#55 “Doesn’t Work” My Favorite Reason For Returns. Works Perfectly!

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#56 Just Scored This Unit In An Alleyway

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#57 Don't Know What I'm Going To Do With It, But Couldn't See This Be Ruined

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#58 Last Summer I Found 2 China Teacups, And Last Night I Found The Matching Saucers In A Different City!

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#59 Found This 1934 First Edition Mary Poppins In The Trash Of The Building I Work In

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#60 While Walking The Dog In The Rain, We Stumbled Upon A White Whale Among A Pile Of Trash. A Working Kitchenmaid Mixer That Cleaned Up Pretty Well

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#61 Okay I Know I've Said This Before And I Know I'll Probably Say This Again, But I Think I Just Made My Best Find. Found A Little Money Pouch With A Bunch Of Old Money In It

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#62 1925 Dragon Ashtray! Another Day. Another Dive!

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#63 My Apartment Doesn't Have Dishwashers And I've Been Lusting After One Since Moving In. About A Month Ago When Taking Out My Trash Look What Was Just Sitting Next To The Recycle!! It Was Maybe 1yr Old And Barely Used! Heavy As Hell So Getting It Back Upstairs But Oh So Worth It! Happy As A Clam!

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#64 Store Was Going Out Of Business. Guess What I Found In A Big Dumpster Out Front?

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#65 I Got E. Coli From A Dumpster

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#66 Dumpster Jesus, Turning Trash Into Wine

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#67 Found 35 Paintball Guns In A Dumpster. Half Worked Perfectly Fine And The Rest Just Had Stuck Slides

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#68 Little Haul ..it Feed My Kids For Bit .. Hard Times This Blessing Helps Alot

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#69 Dumpster Party!! You’re All Invited

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#70 We Dumpstered Wood Samples From A Floor Store And Created A Counter For Our Tiny House

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#71 Groceries? Nope, Not This Month

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#72 Went Dumpster Diving At The Largest Gem & Mineral Show In The World And Found A Broken Fossilized Alligator Skull

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#73 Double Bee Werks Haul Tonight!

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#74 No Clue If It Works But This Thing Is So Cool!

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#75 Got This 32” TV Out Of My Apartment’s Large Item Dump! Had A Spare Universal Remote And It Works!

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#76 Local Game Store Closed Yesterday

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#77 I Saw That Someone Crashed Into My Local Liquor Store So I Went To Check The Dumpster That Weekend. Found $215 Of Good Stuff That Will Last Me For A While!

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#78 Scored This Monkey Butler Today! His Tray Was Broken So I Made Him A New One With A Saw, Plywood, And Black Paint. Once The Paint Dries I'll Set A Plant On It

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#79 I Don’t Know If This Constitutes As Dumpster Diving But I Cleaned Up Some Ice Skates I Found In An Abandoned Skating Rink

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#80 Hand-Carved Vintage Liquor Cabinet On The Curb!

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#81 So My Wife And I Recently Got Into Dumpster Diving. I’ve Been Saying For Weeks That We Ought To Get One Of Those Grabber Thingies To Reach Down Into The Dumpster. Well.... Look What We Found In A Dumpster This Morning

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#82 Update On Bird: I Did It. He Was Where I Left Him When I Came Back. He Flew! It Was A Spectacle

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#83 Nes-001 Turns Up In The Trash In Mint Condition. I Cleaned It

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#84 Once Again! I Am Saddened By This, But What’s Really Sad, Is Others Might Say “I’m Gross To Take Stuff Out Of A Dumpster” All The While I’m Thinking, “No The System Is Gross That I Even Have To”

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#85 6 IKEA Chairs From Big Trash Day This This Weekend!

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#86 Found 50 Brand New Footballs

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#87 I Regularly Check The Content Of The Dumpsters In My Appartment Complex, My Best Find So Far: A $400 Bose PC Speaker System

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#88 Stuff Is Nice But Nothing Beats Cold Hard Cash. The Dumpster Gods Are Smiling Today My Friends!

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#89 We Stopped By Krispy Kreme Dumpster Just For The Hell Of It. None Of These Were Out Of Date. We Got A Little Too Excited

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#90 Pulled A Fully Functional 3D Printer While It Was Raining. All It Needed Was New Filament. One Of The Best Things I've Ever Found

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#91 Found A Ms. Pac-Man In The Dumpster And Yes, It Works

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#92 Found Her Head Peaking Out Of The Dumpster Across The Street

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#93 Drove Around Picking Up Pallets People No Longer Wanted And Made Myself A Headboard Out Of Them

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#94 Found This Oakley's Display Case In The Dumpster Behind A Closed Down Athletic Store, Repurposed It Into A Terrarium For My New Iguanas

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#95 When We Found This Massive Bag In The Krispy Kreme Dumpster There Were Several Hundred Still-Fresh Donuts Inside. God Bless

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#96 Been Making Money Off Of All The Atlases I Found At A Office Supply Dumpster!

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#97 I've Heard That People Throw Away Money. I Didn't Think It Was Literal

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#98 I've Always Wanted A Signed Book By This Author. Never Thought I'd Find It In A Dumpster

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#99 78 Bags Of Dog Food Saved From The Landfill. I Don’t Have A Dog

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#100 Almost 200$ Of Cheese And Sausage!

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#101 Found A Wii System In A Shoebox Along With A 26" Hd Vizio TV

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#102 Bo Won 6 Medals During The 1991 Special Olympics, Hosted In St Louis Missouri. In 1992 He Died In A Dentist Chair From Complications With The Anesthesia. I Found His Medals In A Dumpster And Now I Would Love To Find Photos Of Him. Stephen "Bo" Anich. He Was Born In 75 And Had Cerebral Palsy

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#103 2 Weeks Ago (Been Eating Burritos Everyday Since Then, Send Help)

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#104 Just Found A 10k Gold Bracelet Dumpster Diving.... Total Weight Is 37.6 Grams Which Totals In At Just Over $925 Melt Value. It's A Nice Looking Chain With No Damage Tho So I Should Get More If I Decide To Sell It

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#105 Curb Side Find! Found Next To A Restaurant Dumpster While On A Run. Hid It In A Bush And Came Back For It An Hour And A Half Later! Probably Not Worth Much But I’m So Excited To Look Through These Legos!

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#106 Had A Nice Haul Today!

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#107 Found A Dyson Dc25. Power Button Wasn’t Working. Cleaned It Up And Fixed The Button. Good As New

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#108 Found A Leather Recliner With 9 Different Massage Settings Everything Works Great And I Am Sitting Comfortably In It After Lysol Wiping It Down

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#109 Pulled This Out Of A CVS Dumpster At My Little (14 & 17) Sisters Request. They Want To Use Him As Decoration

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#110 The Trash Gods Giveth! This Congo Drum Is Worth $150. I’m A Professional Musician So This Will Get Used Often!

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#111 Found Today, Tag Still On... Just A Week After I Discovered An Unfixable Rip In My Boots!

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#112 Ivy League College Move Out Weekend

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#113 Some Rich, Wasteful Exchange Students By My Boyfriend Moved Out... And Just Left Nearly All Their Stuff Out On The Curb. We Went Wild!

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#114 Finally After About A Month I Went Out And Scored

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#115 Found This Mint-Condition Ti-83 Plus At The Dump Yesterday. Still Costs $140 On Amazon!

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#116 This Mornings Dive Revealed A Bunch Of Nicer Paints. Mostly Acrylics But All Are Sealed

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#117 Weekend Total From College Move Outs

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#118 Someone Threw Away A Fully Working Ipod Shuffle!

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#119 First Time Dumpster Diving, Crazy What People Will Throw Out In College

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#120 Op Got Lucky

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#121 Went To Take The Trash Out And Someone Had Used Our Dumpster. Some Acrobatics Later, I Have A 4 Drawer Craftsman Toolbox With The Key. And It Has Some Tools In It! Nothing Too Special But The So Is Really Excited About A Triangle File

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#122 Just Got Hired To Clear Out A Guys Basement. These Two Vintage Keyboards And Amp Were Part Of What He Wanted To Get Rid Of. I Am Happy

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#123 Meet Our Special Find From Last Night! She Was Dumpster Diving Too

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#124 Probably The Cutest Things I’ve Pulled Out Of A B&n Dumpster

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