How is organic dumpster diving different from ordinary dumpster diving? Well, ordinary dumpster diving has been around for decades—ever since dumpsters have been created to store discarded items. Organic dumpster diving is a more recent activity allowed by the recent effort to keep organic materials out of the landfill. Now, searching through the contents of your organic bin may seem somewhat unpleasant, if not downright disgusting. However, sometime a dive seems imperative. Have you ever been working with a favorite tool, and after depositing plant clipping or weeds into your organic bin, that beloved tool has disappeared? After endless searches has revealed no misplaced tool, the fear slowly arises that you have thrown away your tool. This happened to me several days ago when my hand rake suddenly disappeared. So, I pulled the garden refuse out of my bin. No tool. Then I went over to my neighbor’s bin, to which I had added my excess, and pulled all the plant material out and into a garbage can. No tool. Now I must admit that most organic dumpster dives are unsuccessful. I figure the success rate is about 20%. And sure enough, I later found the hand rake lying on the back of the Prius in the driveway. I continues to amaze me how I will have absolutely no recollection of where I put something down.
So, I guess I’d have to say that organic dumpster diving is not something I think you’ll enjoy, but it is the only way that you can be assured that your treasured tool is not gone forever.
Happy diving (?)
Stan, The Tool Man