Dumpster divers and bargain hunters rejoice! Technology has come to save you time (and grime). A very recent gift of the Google Map Mashup comes in the form of GarbageScout, an interactive online mapping system that allows you to alert community members to great groundscores in your neighborhood.

Better than Craigslist, and even Freecycle, this system is not restricted by specific locations or multi-step posting processes. You can even post your finds online while prowling the streets, by taking a phone photo and sending a pix message to with a short description.

I’m kind of ballistic over this stellar example of future-forward sustainable gear-swapping. It’s an amazing way to keep good stuff circulating around your community. Check it out. The world is your dumpster.


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