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    By (author) John Hoffman(Author)

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In step-by-step, illustrated detail, John Hoffman shows you how to use dumpster diving for food, clothing, appliances, furniture, books and other treasures. Discover how to dress for dumpster diving success, work your neighborhood dumpsters, dive a restaurant, use a "bag blade" and "dive stick," handle run-ins with the authorities, convert your trash to cash, and much more! While you are learning

In step-by-step, illustrated detail, John Hoffman shows you how to use dumpster diving for food, clothing, appliances, furniture, books and other treasures. Discover how to dress for dumpster diving success, work your neighborhood dumpsters, dive a restaurant, use a "bag blade" and "dive stick," handle run-ins with the authorities, convert your trash to cash, and much more! While you are learning

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  • By Kathleen San Martino on July 28, 2012

    This is an enlightening, entertaining, and tremendously educational book on the act of dumpster diving. John Hoffman is a true trash seeker who shows the reader how to be self-sufficient by procuring their food, clothing, information, and other material in the trash and many times bartering or selling those items at flea markets, consignment shops, etc.He demonstrates the best diving technique, diving etiquette, what to wear when diving, how to avoid the police, how to act, what to look for, and offers up various stories on what foods to eat from the trash, how to test them, as well as dispels many myths about trash that we have in our society.There are beliefs of his that I found hard to accept and some of which are contradictory. For example, on one hand he will test dumpster food on his animals or pets to see if they get sick or die yet on the other hand he becomes incredibly angry that people will throw out their living plants. He advocates lying on a small scale - like sending in mailers with fictitious names or information to get free products. Although he appears a little less than ethical at times, there is no question his book is valuable for the true dumpster diver and from personal experience I know he is telling the truth.My first experience with dumpster diving for food was when I six or seven years old. I was on Mulberry Street in Newark, NJ which is an area of several blocks of meat and fruit and vegetable vendors. My parents encountered an old couple who were eating watermelon from the trash. This couple explained to my parents that they didn't have enough money to live on their Social Security check and this allowed them to eat. It was at that moment that I learned this was an option for survival. This couple was right and that food was safe because often the Mulberry Street vendors would throw bruised fruit in the trash that patrons would not buy. It was perfectly good food; although I've never eaten such stuff and hope I never will.I also have a few friends who have found wonderful items in the trash. In fact I purchased a beautiful mirror that hangs on my wall for $20 from an "all proceeds go to the animals" yard sale where I was told it was found next to someone's trash. I knew a store manager whose store use to throw away lots of new seasonal items and bird seed that wouldn't sell. There's certainly lots of stuff to find--some good and some not so good. I have another friend whose son found lots of nice furniture sitting by the dumpster when someone was moving; I even couldn't believe it was destined for the dump when I saw the items.I'm big on donating items I no longer want, however, many people are not and prefer instead to just throw them out. I have another friend who throws beautiful stuff in the trash. One time she had bags of clothes that I told her I would come pick up for charity. She couldn't wait the 20 minutes it would take me to get to her house and decided to throw the items in the trash while I was driving to her. I pulled two big black garbage bags full of freshly laundered and folded clothes from her trash containers. In fact, there were several pairs of jeans with the store tag still on them.I think this book will enrage some; but in general I think it's an in-depth tome about the art and science of dumpster diving for those who live on the extremes of self-sufficiency whether they need to or not. I bet the author would be proud that I paid nothing for this text having checked it out of the library.I believe dumpster divers are creative people and creative people never look at things the same way mainstream America does. For instance, all my life when I see a wishing well I look at it as a form of income and think to myself "what a waste of perfectly good money." I'm sure the author would agree.This author is certainly a fellow that I think would be interesting to meet; although I would never want to eat at his dinner table--he talks a lot about the food he gets from the trash.Anyone who has an open mind would probably find "The Art & Science of Dumpster Diving" exceptionally interesting and educational.

  • By Philip B. Yochim on April 29, 2002

    There is only a small list of books that has influenced or changed my life, books like the Bible, Dune, and the Boy Scout Hand Book. But this quirky little tome on scavenging would not be on most people's list.But it's on mine!This is a hilarious and informative "how-to" guide of suburban survival. The book instructs how to look through a dumpster, what to look for, where to find it, and what you can do with what you find.The book is also filled with great ancedotes and Ace Backwards comic strips. The stories of the author's psycho brother "Slash" are worth half the cost of the book.But more than the entertainment value is the information. And once you develop your "diver's eye," you will be surprised just how much stuff we Americans pitch wastefully every day, and that's when you come in. Take it!I've found some great things in the trash, and this book can show you just what you're missing!Git divin'! Thar's gold in them thar dumpsters!

  • By Laurenagi on January 13, 2009

    It seemed quite impossible that such practical wealth was available "just behind Jerry's", and I began foraging with an armload of skepticism. Now, in it's place, I usually find myself with an arm load of fresh oranges and new office supplies. Thanks John!Okay, sure, the book isn't just a how-to. Yes, it's also full of strong social and political perspective... and chances are you will find something to furrow your brow at. (I read some of the other reviews) And so what! I love this book and use the information. I've rolled my eyes at some of the perspective, and given consideration to ideas that never occured to me before.Also, I've dumpster dived like crazy. Every time we go (the kids and I), our finds are so unexpected and exciting that we can't wait to go again. It is not uncommon AT ALL for us to find entire cases of fresh produce that have never been opened, boxes of unused paper in the local printer's garbage, toys, the fluffy slippers that I'm wearing right now, out-of-season treasures...it goes on and on. Dog food, shampoo and conditioner from hair salons, sealed boxes of chocolates and nuts after major holidays, bags (literally-bags and bags) of sealed paper goods, new appliances -still in the box- because of a scratch of missing paper work.This book (although a little snarky) is THE PERFECT CATALYST for anyone who's looking for some local adventure, lots of fun, and financial freedom that is as big as you dare.A year ago I wouldn't have dared eat cheese from a dumpster. Gross! You probably think I'm insane... call the health department, quick! But, reading this book challenged my beliefs about so many things. Wouldn't that kill me? What if someone I KNOW saw me take food from a dumpster?! And then one day, near Christmas, I was rummaging through a dumpster behind our local bulk-food store and found several 6-lb blocks of mozzarella. They were still sealed! They had gone, that very day, from the fridge to the dumpster and it was probably 25 degrees outside. My daughter and I carried 30 pounds of cheese away. 24 lbs went to various friends and neighbors (who know where it came from and didn't care) and our family has been enjoying mozzarella every day! No sickness, no shame, just lots and lots of cheese.It sounds completely crazy until you have tried it, I know!But why not give it a try? Read the book, and go diving. You'll give the landfills a teeny tiny break, you'll give your wallet a break and also it's a hoot. **note: The book is VERY explicite on the subject of what NOT to eat.**

  • By Guest on August 24, 2001

    John Hoffman's book is not only a thorough "How-To" book on dumpster diving, but it is also chock full of side-splitting stories of his "adventures" while dumpster diving. I would highly recommend this book to anyone pursuing a simpler life, freedom from debt, or those just looking for an interesting (free) hobby. Some of the topics covered in John's book include, proper attire for dumpster diving, proper dumpster diving equipment, useful diving techniques, and where to locate the best most loot filled dumpsters in your town. After reading this book I promptly went out "dumpster diving" to test the validity of John Hoffman's assertions. I returned with "loot" that included a metal 5-shelf unit in perfect condition along with a few other odds and ends. Thanks for a great book John!


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