I am 17 days away from quitting my under minimum wage job to take the risk of earning my own income. I'll have a cash bought used pickup truck, insurance paid off in full for 6 months and 10 acres of vacant land to camp on with a monthly mortgage under $200. I want to get into dumpster diving full-time and go on a collection spree. Going freegan again, gathering produce to compost, fuel and building supplies and selling scrap metal.Stressful transition, yes, but I have had many good days hobby diving. My best is finding a 4oz 18k gold chain and a working commercial pizza oven I sold on CL for $300 a few months ago. I love the police encounters too, always friendly and inquisitive, in return I scare off the real criminals and report suspicious items like purses.
Joined: Dec 14, 2011
Location: Andalusia, IL. Zone 5a
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First day back as a freegan Sunday was a grand success, over a 100lbs salvaged from behind one store. Protein drinks and bars, cereal and granola bars and a lot of chocolate. Insured and TT&T my new farm truck, a 1981 f-150 300ci straight six 4-speed manual borg-warner T18. And got released from job duties today, I am now free to be!
I am a hobby diver myself and can often find enough food to feed myself, the issue for me is getting there as I live in the city and must bum a ride. I love your approach and have considered building a small, living wage company by recovering waste streams and re purposing them for better uses. Not sure where you live, but the USA culture I live in is a land of waste and false opulence! I intend to find a way without menial, lack of purpose work which wastes people's lives so they can buy things which they do not need. Things I have found include table, couches, chairs, mops, baskets, tablecloths, lamps, rugs etc all perfectly fine and in the waste stream headed to a landfill!
Good luck! Keep us updated with pictures!
Joined: Mar 08, 2011
Location: Caerphilly, Wales, UK
John P wrote:I love your approach and have considered building a small, living wage company by recovering waste streams and re purposing them for better uses.
There's a great social enterprise in the UK that basically diverts local 'waste' wood from being skipped into a recycling scheme. 10-15% of the timber is resold as construction materials, 15-25% is destined for other wood products (furniture or whatever) and the rest is sold as firewood or chipped if too far gone. It's an interesting business model.