is a popular form of modern salvaging of waste in large commercial, residential, industrial and construction containers to find items that have been discarded by their owners, but that may prove useful to the picker.
It is not confined to dumpsters specifically, and may cover standard household waste containers, landfills or small dumps.
Jennifer Trapnell, who was dating [Tim] Ward in the late 1990s, recalls an evening when she accompanied Ward on a job in Washington D. "He said they were trying to get some stuff on Greenpeace," she says.
Over at , James Ridgeway tells the story of Beckett Brown International, a security firm that, until it distintegrated due to infighting, specialized in spying on environmental organizations for its business clients: Greenpeace was the target of one of BBI's more elaborate — and cinematic — intelligence-gathering efforts, according to company documents and an interview with an eyewitness.
One reader, who is also a writer, has told me that my dating years are not quite the literary gold mine I’d been thinking they were. Others have commented that sometimes these tales make me sound — shall we say — a little uppity. Just one more, I promise, and then I’ll get on with the rest of the story. Larry, who got to the restaurant ahead of me on our first date, and had the hostess place a bouquet of flowers on our table.
So far on this blog, I’ve only mentioned the dates that went awry. The second time he called me Wendy, I was thinking there might be two Sams at this restaurant and this was the wrong one. He came back to calling me Linda right before his phone rang. He seemed like the type of person who wrote down license plate numbers.
For some reason, I thought that the fad for rooting through company trash looking for dirt had gone out of fashion. In the alley, he met a couple of other men, whose faces Trapnell did not see clearly.
Ward wore black clothes and had told her to dress all in black, too: "It was Mission Impossible-like." In Washington, Ward parked his truck in an alley, she remembers, and told her to stay in the truck and keep a lookout.
The images range from descriptions and sketches of an “otherworldly encounter” to designs for a roller bearing, to references and interpretations of The Book Of Ezekiel.
It’s really quite bizarre, with some of the documents dating as far back as 1939.
Different terms are used to refer to different forms of this activity.