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Saturday March 27th, 2010

Posted at 10:15am

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The Ever Evasive Recycling Receptacle! (by ravenswift, from our flickr pool)

Freegans have taken reduce, reuse, recycle to a whole new height by using other people’s trash consisting of furniture and food to sustain a living.

They call themselves “freegans,” these are people who have alternative concepts for living beyond consumerism. Dumpster diving is a lifestyle involving salvaging food that has been discarded out of dumpsters, not because they are poor or homeless but because they want to make a political statement, according to ask.freegan.info.com.

Freeganism started in the 1990s as a result of the environmental movements at the time, and quickly caught on as more and more people take on some or all of the traits involving freeganism.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average inclined by 412.11 points or 3.95 per cent over the past year, these numbers represent the tracking of the stock market and are price weighted with its correlating stock as a sum and then divided by a divisor which is then split to make values for the index.

According to the announcement made in Jan. 26, by the Windsor- Essex the Federal Economic Development Agency, more than $6.6 million are being spent on 13 small businesses making it a priority to see new jobs and technology upgrading throughout the city.

Peter Redford, 18, who became a freegan a few years ago, said he can save on average $100- $200 a week on groceries. He also said he believes he is cutting down on the amount of pollution in the world even if it a small amount doing more than his fair share for Earth Day.

“I believe corporations are already making enough money. Freeganism is a way that I can stand against and break free from commercialist lifestyle,” said Redford. He said when looking for a spot to dumpster dive he looks for a busy market or grocery store, and has an Asian restaurant he frequently visits.

Freeganism is illegal in many cities and according to the website www.slaw.ca the law states in Canada that you cannot retrieve garbage as it may reveal intimate details of personal life choices. This law applies until the garbage reaches the landfill. However the police may legally search through individual’s trash, without a search warrant.

Freeganism could be a reality in many people’s lives if the economic downturn continues to worsen, according to Redford.

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