Treasures from Trash

I don't know what this is really called (we call it "Big Trash Week") but it's the week when the trash guys (sanitation engineers?) pick up large stuff like furniture. Around here this happens every couple of years and people throw out some really good things. Usually by the time the trash truck comes by almost everything has already been taken by passers-by who spot something they need.

This is along the same lines as Dumpster Diving, in which people acquire things in and around dumpsters (apartment complexes and colleges are supposed to be good places for this activity). And Ron has been known to come home from the dump (in our town you have to bring your own trash to the dump) with more stuff than he brought to it!

I realize that this is not everybody's cup of tea but, if you're not too squeamish, you might want to give it a try...look at it as recycling!

This email was sent by Jim Schneider about college dumpsters:

A resounding YES to the college student who commented on good items being thrown out at the end of the year. At the end of my junior year I was broke and wasn't sure if my summer job would pay for my senior year. I went through my residence hall (800 residents) and picked up every brick, carpet, shelving board, bunk, etc. that was being thrown away. It took 4 pick-up loads to move it all out. I cleaned the carpets, sorted out the bunk-kits, etc. When school resumed in the fall I held a yard sale (at my rental near campus) and netted $4000 (and this was 20 years ago) in 1 day.