Social media has created viral trends, some harmless and some dangerous. One such trend has made a recent comeback, putting people at risk of breaking the law and accidentally hurting themselves.
Dumpster diving is the act of scavenging through garbage containers in the hopes of finding useful items. Not only is it hazardous, but it's also illegal.
"There is municipal code written that says you can not scavenge or salvage anything in a trash receptacle whether it's on public or private property," said Andrew Dutler, a crime prevention officer with the Sioux City Police Department. "This is one of those things that an officer on patrol might stumble upon while they're out in their cruiser. At that point in time, it might be a quick conversation with that individual about the fact that there is code written that doesn't allow for that type of action. Often times we're not met with resistance, and we see voluntary compliance where people just move on."
The majority of the time you'll simply find trash in dumpsters. If on the offhand chance you do find an item worth saving, you might want to reconsider.
"You have a higher risk of picking up a viral or bacterial infection," said Doctor Indy Chabra, a dermatologist at Midlands Clinic. "The other risk you run into is the risk of any allergic contact dermatitis, which is when you are allergic to something you are using."
There are also dangers associated with dumpster diving. Getting trapped in a bin, falling and hitting your head, or even accidentally cutting yourself on sharp pieces of rusty metal are all hazards that dumpster divers encounter. These can lead to tetanus shots, hospital visits, or worse!
In the end, it's probably best to keep your dreams of dumpster diving in the same place that you keep your trash: right in the garbage.