12 Jan '12, 11am

Adventures of a first-time dumpster diver

Adventures of a first-time dumpster diver

Perhaps I should have seen this coming. The very name "dumpster diving" makes the nature of the activity pretty clear. It doesn't hide behind a sanitized euphemism, like, say, "gently used snack gathering." It's right there in the title. Dumpsters -- you dive in them. But as I stood behind a neighborhood bakery, peering into a slimy abyss of trash, there was only one thought in my mind: Somehow I thought it'd be less putrid. I admit, I was reluctant when Grist first suggested that I investigate the dumpster-diving phenomenon firsthand. But now that good old-fashioned garbage-picking has gone all hipster on us , I figured it couldn't be so bad. And preventing perfectly good food from going to waste -- what's not to love about that? Besides, it's free eats! So I sweet-talked my boyfriend, Ted (who also happens to be Grist's managing editor), into acting as my lookout on a Su...

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