Is Dumpster Diving Legal In Utah?
Around Christmas, our 15 year old asked if she could go dumpster diving with some friends.
"Sure!" we agreed. What could be the harm in teenagers dumpster diving? It sounds like something we would have done "in my day..."!
She came back with some really weird treasures. Some anonymous artwork, broken toddler toys, an old garbage can, one roller skate and a stinky blanket.
It led me to wonder about the legality of dumpster diving. I had never heard of it before our teenager brought it up. I guess it's wildly popular. And guess what?
It's totally legal in the state of Utah!
You must realize though that although it's legal, most locations frown upon it. You also have to pay attention to signage because you could get in trouble if trespassing on private property.
Some have said that the best time to go is in the early morning hours. Less human traffic means more opportunity for success.
Common places to dumpster dive:
- Department Stores
- Grocery Stores
- Cosmetic Stores
- Office Supply Stores
- Pet Supply Stores
- Student Housing
Make sure you dress appropriately. You will most likely get dirty and stinky.
Wear gloves if possible and bring a flashlight or headlamp if going at night.
I've decided that my next birthday party is going to be a "DUMPSTER DIVING" party. Prizes are awarded for the coolest product found. Who's coming to the party with us?!!
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