Dumpster Diving: A Reflection on Society

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Essay #: 052859
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Dumpster Diving: A Reflection on Society
Dumpster diving, or the act of going through a dumpster in search of usable materials, is a controversial issue in America today- it seems stigmatized, unrefined, gross. In my own experience as an amateur dumpster diver, I have found the opposite: Dumpsters contain many fascinating items and useable goods housed in somewhat filthy circumstances. They reflect upon society’s consumption practices and personal policies. There are three points of argument that emerge from the Eighner argument and from the issue of dumpster diving, as a whole: one, dumpster diving is something that upholds the double standard of human privacy in our society, secondly dumpster diving is something that can benefit the...
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.....panies and individuals think that recycling is enough to weed out things that can be reused, but clearly this is not the case. “On Dumpster Diving” outlines this point, and paints a picture of a dumpster diver as someone who is out for their own well being as well as the worlds. I wholeheartedly agree with this position, and through my own experience, know how important it is that we think about what we consume, reuse and throw away.
Bibliography
Eighner, Lars. “On Dumpster Diving.” Broward College. 1992. 27 June 2009. [http://www1.broward.edu/~nplakcy/docs/dumpster_diving.html].
Nemes, Judith. “Dumpster Diving: From Garbage to Gold.” Greenbiz.com. 11 Jan 2009. 27 June 2009. [http://www.greenbiz.com/feature/2009/01/12/finding-gold-garbage].