England

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England is a part of the United Kingdom.

You can do some excellent dumpster diving (locally known as "skipping") in England. There are also many other freegan opportunities in the country.

For more exact information on every city and town see template at the bottom of the page.

Skipping

Legality

While skipping in England may qualify as theft within the Theft Act 1968 there is very little enforcement in practice. In February 2011 though there was a case of a young woman who was arrested for "theft by finding" after she helped herself to food thrown away by Tesco (see reference). Not clear how it ended for her though.

First-hand experiences

"Yo say that there is not realy much to protect skips well i got a ps3 ot of the local mnicable tip the police sent a helocopter two dogs and 3 vans to arrest me the op cost £20000 jst to arrest us they valued the goods at 47p this is gloucester for you where the police allowed two security gards to attack me in front of a cammersa cause i looked in the icland skip the footage misteriosly disapeered." (unknown user, July 2011)

Links

  • The Scavenge UK is amongst the first UK websites dedicated to skipping/dumpster-diving. The site itself has not been updated for quite a long time, but there is an associated Yahoo group for discussing skipping/dumpster-diving in the UK and related issues. The non-copyright CrimethInc book Evasion, a well-written account of some time spent travelling the USA dumpster-diving and riding freight trains (our generation's On The Road?), can also be downloaded for free from the site in eBook form
  • How to join freegans


Counties of England

Bedfordshire | Berkshire | City of Bristol | Buckinghamshire | Cambridgeshire | Cheshire | Cornwall | Cumbria | Derbyshire | Devon | Dorset | Durham | East Riding of Yorkshire | East Sussex | Essex | Gloucestershire | Greater London | Greater Manchester | Hampshire | Herefordshire | Hertfordshire | Isle of Wight | Kent | Lancashire | Leicestershire | Lincolnshire | City of London | Merseyside | Norfolk | Northamptonshire | Northumberland | North Yorkshire | Nottinghamshire | Oxfordshire | Rutland | Shropshire | Somerset | South Yorkshire | Staffordshire | Suffolk | Surrey | Tyne and Wear | Warwickshire | West Midlands | West Sussex | West Yorkshire | Wiltshire | Worcestershire