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[30 Jul 2010|02:50pm]

stormdog
[ mood | hopeful ]

Hey there!

I'm moving to Rogers Park this weekend and I want to know if anybody here is still around on LJ, and still doing the Freegan/dumpster diving thing. I've been snagging stuff off the side of the road for years, but mostly furniture and other odds and ends. I'm trying to save up money for school, so I want to live as dirt-cheap as I can at this point. I'd love to get together with folks who know the area and where to look. If you're interested in showing a Chicago newbie the ropes, please let me know!

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Is anyone interested in... [03 Jun 2009|04:45pm]

bettie_bondage
forming some sort of dumpster diving meetup group in the city? im fairly new to chicago and have not met many people and furthermore have no idea where the good dive spots are. Anyone?
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Need your help!!!! [30 Oct 2006|09:47pm]

lifegirl7
Ok now is the time when I need your guys' help... badly. I have been searching and searching and finding almost nothing. So here is what I need. I need info on big stores policies on throwing away things and why they do it. For example: Gap throwing away 4 pairs of jeans because they are out of style, or because if they throw it away their taxes are cheaper. Mind you that was all pulled out of my butt cause I can't find anything on stores policies. So if any of you could help me out with this that would be amazing. It doesn't have to be on big chain stores either. At this point anything will help. Thank you all so much!!!!
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Anyone alive here.... [24 Oct 2006|03:43pm]

lifegirl7
I haven't dumpstered in years. But I want to start doing it again. I go to NCC in Naperville, but can take the train to Chicago. I was thinking of dumpstering in Chicago somewhere but didn't know if there were any good places around. Also if anyone in this community can help me with some info on stores policies about throwing away things and everything that would be great. I am doing my research paper on dumpster diving.
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Handy How-To Guide [30 Jun 2006|12:49pm]

mxzzy
Wiki How on Dumpster Diving: http://www.wikihow.com/Dumpster-Dive
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[17 Apr 2006|01:40pm]

mxzzy
We're cleaning out the basement office at 1212 E 59th St today, and everything is currently being moved outside. We've got chairs, desks, computer monitors, more chairs, random books and antiquey windows, and lots of dust swirling about. It'll probably be around for the rest of the afternoon and maybe this evening. Come pick through it!
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If you're in Lincoln Square today... [03 Mar 2006|01:39pm]

spillshercoffee
In the alley behind 2557-9 W Wilson Ave, (just off of Rockwell).
(Wilson & Rockwell)

It looks like some upstanding gentleman either died, or got kicked out rather hurriedly.
The dumpster is filled to the brim with really nice suits and shoes and such. Some stuff is still in the dry cleaning wrappers.

I don't know WHY anyone would throw this stuff out instead of just taking it to GoodWill, Salvation Army, Brown Elephan, even Village Thrift, or the like. If there's still a lot out there tomorrow, I will probably scoop it up and do just that.

Happy Diving.
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More and Overseas Media Freegan Requests [11 Jan 2006|07:57pm]

freegandotinfo
Journalists would also like to talk to freegans who are here:

Connecticut (anywhere)
Maine (anywhere)
Massachusetts (anywhere)
New Hampshire (anywhere)
Rhode Island (anywhere)
London. England, UK
Southeast England, UK

and

We've also received requests from overseas from journalists wanting
to interview freegans. There are journalists who would like to talk
to you if you are freegan and live

Anywhere in the UK, especially
East Midlands, UK
(Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire/Leicestershire/Lincolnshire/ East Staffordshire)
Yorkshire, England, UK

or

Anywhere in Australia
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EVEN MORE Media Requests for Freegans & Dumpster Divers!! [11 Jan 2006|09:14pm]

freegandotinfo
Since the last time we posted, reporters in EVEN MORE cities have
expressed interest in doing stories on freeganism!

We are still looking for people to talk to media about freeganism in
these cities/regions:

Albany, NY
Bakersfield, CA1.5 hours NE of LA
Bay Area, CA
Boston, MA
Canada (anwhere in the country)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Central FL
Central NY
Chicago, IL
Cincinatti, OH
Gainseville, FL
Ithaca, NY
Los Angeles, CA
Minneapolis, MN
New York, NY
Northern VA
Orlando,FL
Phoenix, AZ
Rochester, NY
Syracuse, NY
Tampa, FL
Toronto, CA
Vancouver, CA
Washington, DC
Wilmington NC


Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. If
you'd like to participate in a media story in any of the towns listed
below, call Adam at (201) 928-2831 or email adam@freegan.info


In case you missed our last post, here is a bit of background on what
this is all about:Read more...Collapse )
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FREEGAN.INFO UPDATE--Call for Media Spokespeople [17 Dec 2005|11:39am]

freegandotinfo
Freegan.info, a group and website promoting freeganism, has gotten a ton of media requests lately from journalists all over the country who want to find local freegans to interview.

Freeganism is a lifestyle based around adapting practical strategies to minimize personal consumer impact, cut financial support for the capitalist system that is destroying the earth and human and animal lives, and create new methods for people to survive and thrive based on sharing, mutual aid, social responsibility, and ecological concern. Freegan practices include dumpster diving for food, clothing, funiture, etc., squatting buildings, guerilla gardening, train hopping, and more. If you aren't familiar with freeganism, visit http://freegan.info. Or for a quick definition of freeganism, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeganism

(Add this line for animal rights pages: If you aren't sure what freeganism has to do with animal rights, visit http://http://freegan.info/?page=ARFreegan . As many animal rights activists have heard inaccurate descriptions of what a freegan is, you may be surprised to learn that freeganism is a lifestyle that powerfully reinforces animal rights ethics.)


Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. If you'd like to participate in a media story in any of the towns listed below, call Adam at (201) 928-2831 or email adam@freegan.info

Here are the cities we are currently looking for interviewees in or near:

Anywhere in Canada
Austin, TX
Bakersfield, CA1.5 hours NE of LA
Boston, MA
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Central Florida
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Gainesville, FL
Minneapolis, MN
New York, NY
Los Angeles, CA
Anywhere in Central Florida
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Chicago Freegans/Dumpster Divers Needed for Media Interviews [06 Dec 2005|06:37am]

adam_weissman
Freegan.info, a group and website promoting freeganism, has gotten a ton of media requests lately from journalists all over the country who want to find local freegans to interview. We've received two media requests in Chicago.

What is freeganism?
Read more...Collapse )

If you aren't sure what freeganism has to do with animal rights, visit http://freegan.info/?page=ARFreegan . As many animal rights activists have heard inaccurate descriptions of what a freegan is, you may be surprised to learn that freeganism is a lifestyle that powerfully reinforces animal rights ethics.)

Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. If you or someone you know would like to participate in a media story in Chicago or any of the towns listed below, call Adam at (201) 928-2831 or email adam@freegan.info

Here are the cities we are currently looking for interviewees in or near:Read more...Collapse )
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new to chicago [05 Dec 2005|02:05am]

graydoriannoir
I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for good places to dd in Hyde Park? I'm into everything (books, clothing, miscellaneous items, produce, etc).
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need some help [14 Sep 2005|01:39am]

lifegirl7
I'm back. I was wondering if any of you could help me with something. There are no good dump sites really where I live and there are no Gaps. My friend is looking for one of the Brandon Boyd Gap posters that has his favorite song on it. She asked for the one in the next town over which has the closest Gap and they said no because someone bought it, otherwise they just throw them out. If any of you could acquire one of these I would gladly pay you and pay for shipping for this. Thank you for any help.
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new to community... [10 Aug 2005|12:48am]

lifegirl7
[ mood | nervous ]

I'm new to this community and I don't live in chicago but this is the closest one to where I live. Does anyone know where there are any good dives in Freeport Illinois which is not to far away from chicago.

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[14 Sep 2004|04:28pm]

mxzzy
[ mood | awake ]

Here's something:

"Since no one could take the queen mattress or the velour love seat, they'll
be at the garbage of the 5704 S. Harper building. The garbage is btw
Harper Foods and the shoe repair place. If you know anyone in the building
who could let you in to take it, you're welcome to it.

It'll be back there before 5pm."

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[22 Aug 2004|02:58pm]

mle17
so i don't really live in chicago anymore. but i've done my share of dumpster diving there. and i also have done some out here, in seattle. the best score i've gotten out here was from trader joe's. my friends and i made enough guacamole, salsa, and fajitas for ten people. we mostly got produce that day.
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One more thing... [20 Aug 2004|11:13pm]

mxzzy
[ mood | awake ]

This guy moved. Recently. Perhaps recently enough to salvage that papasan he mentioned on his blog.

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clothes... [20 Aug 2004|07:42pm]

mxzzy
[ mood | awake ]

In the alley just east of 55th and Everett is an offering of clothes (2 boxes worth) and a corkboard. =)

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Home Improvement [17 Aug 2004|10:37am]

mxzzy
[ mood | working ]

So, it SEEMS that when my parents met, my mom was already well-versed in the ways of picking through other people's trash for goodies while my dad had never heard of such a thing. Resistant at first, he was eventually persuaded that dumpsters were a valuable resource for many things, such as spare parts and building materials. After some douche set our house on fire and burned up the back porch, my dad went to the K-Mart dumpster and collected a ton of stuff (clean particle board, flourescent lights, wiring, etc.; K-Mart was renovating and tossing thier old stuff), and totally renovated that area of the house, putting up a ton of shelving and lights. And that, folks, is why it is good to marry a man who was an electrician in the Navy and works in construction as an adult. What's a little bit odd now is that my early memories of my dad consist primarily of driving through back alleys in search of raw materials while my young self was under the impression that my mom dissaproved of the whole thing.

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[13 Aug 2004|10:11pm]

_twisted_
I've never gone dumpster diving, but I think I need to.
I did once drive around with one of my close friends, picking up random things (like witches and skeletons) that people had thrown out. Ooo we also picked up a red plastic pitchfork.
You must go to Glencoe during Spring Cleaning time; rich people throw away the greatest crap, ever.
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