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OK, It is different everywhere you go. You need to check with local municiples and state laws first. Dont worry about hard drives any respecable organization doesn't throw them in the trash anyways. If its not illegal on a state level, It may be on a local level. Ive been doing for about 20 years just for fun its amazing what you can find. One town wont care another will have laws prohibiting it.

Now if its not illegal at state or local theres a few more steps. Make sure the dumpsters are not fenced in, and that there is not no trespassing signs present. Either of these can change everything.

Best way to do this is get a bunch of card board boxes, flatten them and throw them in the back of your car. If the cops would happen to stop your looking for carboard boxes to help a friend move always works worst they will do is tell you to leave.

This is importantUsually they will not care about you digging in a dumpster as long as your not making a lot of noise and keep it orderly and dont make a mess.

Tools of the trade
Good flash light and gloves (these are the most important you dont know what your reaching into sometimes.)
Good pliers, wire cutters, powered screw driver.
Wear long pants and long sleeve its easy to get cut up doing this kind of stuff.

Last Advice only enter dumpers in well lit areas and try to bring a friend to watch out you have no idea the kind of people you'll find in areas like this at night. Also Do not try to enter or get stuff out of a trash compactor its too dangerous and not worth the risk no matter what is in it.

Oh and dont try dumpster diving at places that mainly sell food thats just gross
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I think it is but i want to make sure, my school is throwing out 20 PC's stocked with 4gb RAM and an E8400 E0, plus some HDD's and stuff, all that is in each conputer. Some of them dont work for various reasons and others are just corrupt OS and the It at my school is dumb so they are throwing them out. I want to know if i can go into the dumpster and extract the parts.
I would think the EPA may frown on this due to hazardous waste.
That they can be fined for.
If the school has a specific dumpster for sending this to a recycle facility then this may be no issue at all.

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I think you'll find "dumpster Diving" is illegal, its termed theft by finding. This is no different than finding say a laptop on the floor which has been dropped after being stolen, and keeping it.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...Tesco-bin.html

Very similar article regarding same thing in UK. In that story a woman takes food from bins after a store throws them out, she is being taken to court and the maximum penalty is 7 years prison.
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Nothing is illegal, as long as you don't get caught.
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Tools of the trade
Good flash light and gloves (these are the most important you dont know what your reaching into sometimes.)
Good pliers, wire cutters, powered screw driver.
Wear long pants and long sleeve its easy to get cut up doing this kind of stuff.

Tools of the trade...? Im incredibly suprised you havent been arrested for going equipped with all those in your car.

20 years youve been doing that? Jees are the Police in your state blind or just stupid?
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I think you'll find "dumpster Diving" is illegal, its termed theft by finding. This is no different than finding say a laptop on the floor which has been dropped after being stolen, and keeping it.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...Tesco-bin.html

Very similar article regarding same thing in UK. In that story a woman takes food from bins after a store throws them out, she is being taken to court and the maximum penalty is 7 years prison.
Thats UK its a different story here in the US

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Nothing is illegal, as long as you don't get caught.
True Ive went places that are illegal, I just use the boxes story in my post above and they leave me alone
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Damn those computers are faster than any computer in my College.

Back to the topic... At my college my boss can't legally give out anything that belongs to the college even if it goes to the trash and even if it still works. Sometimes he has decided to build really old computers from working parts instead of trashing them and give them to students that barely can afford going to college. But from what he has told me he is not supposed to do that he is forced to trash/recyle all the computers/parts we don't use anymore (we are talking about old 1.8ghz celerons and 800hz celerons.

You could always get some parts and say you didn't know or I would recommend asking the IT department. However I'm pretty sure they'll tell you, NO!
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Tools of the trade...? Im incredibly suprised you havent been arrested for going equipped with all those in your car.

20 years youve been doing that? Jees are the Police in your state blind or just stupid?
The only thing he is forgetting is one of these to conceal his identity.

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scored a few dell servers from dumpster diving
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Thats UK its a different story here in the US
Well put it this way, if I saw you with a car full of computer parts you just took from a dumpster i would be ringing the police, and i highly doubt they would let you off because you claimed you found it.

At the very least, you would be arrested and questioned.
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