Triangle Freegans

2 11 2009

Ever been dumpster diving?

Dumpster Divers

I’ve seen many local college-age students doing it lately. Many of whom refer to themselves as “Freegans.”

Freeganism is a political avant-garde lifestyle, mainly the rejection of standard consumerism. Dumpster diving, therefore, is done not out of need but as an alternative to buying new things.

Warren Oakes, former drummer for the anarchist punk band Against Me!, authored a manifesto pamphlet in 1999 called “Why Freegan” about the subject. That served as the start to this growing subculture. Carrboro seems to be a stronghold.

Even in the Wikipedia definition, Carrboro’s co-op is mentioned within the first heading. I ventured out with a Carrboro native to find treasure in the trash. As soon as the video is edited I will have it up here.

I’m also trying to put together a guide about the waste disposal timing of these grocery stores and restaurants. Still gathering that information. One consistent one is Panera bread, a cafe that throws out heaps of the day’s pastries every night at close (9:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday).

I am still hunting for a good local forum or discussion board on the topic. Please post if you know of any or are interested in starting one up!

The closest I have found is a freegan meetup group and a dumpster diving blog, both started by residents of Greensboro.

Also, NC law confirms once an item is thrown away it is considered no longer property of the individual who threw it out.

Basically, trash is fair game. However, dumpster diving may violate other local laws, such as trespassing or sanitation laws.

More on this to come!

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2 responses

16 11 2009
Petr Slivka

Do you know the disposal times of any restaurants, like The Flying Burrito? Thanks, and keep up the good work!

28 10 2010
TS

My blog…
http://ncfreegan.wordpress.com/

Please share ideas in return. Thanks! -T

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