The Dumpster Wars

April 17, 2009 at 4:34 pm | Posted in News | 1 Comment

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After the Reno, Nevada city council recently proposed an “ordinance to restrict scavenging of garbage,” opposition sprang up in the form of SaveRenoDumpsterDiving.com, whose creator Christopher Moore lambastes such attempts to outlaw “this basic freedom in our community. This site is being created to advocate the practice of Dumpster Diving in the Reno area and inform the public and city authorities about this benign activity,” writes fifth-generation-Nevadan Moore, who laments that the proposed ordinance “targets some of the most downtrodden and voiceless individuals of our city: the homeless, the unemployed, the laid-off. Not to mention, it attacks the activities of Food Not Bombs, hobby curb crawlers, Freegans, trash bin divers, found object artists, dumpster divers, gleaners, recyclers, urban hunter gatherers and anyone who has ever retrieved perfectly good items from the trash, dumpster, curb or dump.”

World’s Largest Yard Sale?

April 17, 2009 at 9:39 am | Posted in News | 1 Comment

route-50-0119-smallIt’s like the best dream ever: a nationwide yard sale! The tenth annual Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale is scheduled for May 15-17 along the 3,000-mile east-west highway.

According to the Chillicothe, Ohio Gazette: “The original purpose of the sale, which began in 2000 in North Vernon, Ind., was to promote local tourism and become the nation’s largest annual sale, stretching from coast to coast. Tom Taylor, the national organizer for the event, said several other purposes are now served, including recycling of unwanted items and offering those looking for bargains in a trying economy the chance to find some. This year’s sale, according to organizers, is expected to be the largest yet, with strong participation expected along U.S. 50 in Ohio, Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana and West Virginia and growing interest in Kansas, Missouri and Maryland. Participation in the sale is open to anyone and is free, although there may be local restrictions participants may have to follow….

“U.S. 50, one of the old National Roads, starts in Ocean City, Md., and travels more than 3,000 miles to Sacramento, Calif. – passing through Chillicothe and Ross County along the way. The road passes the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and the St. Louis Arch in Missouri and, in the far west, is known as ‘The Loneliest Road in America.'”

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