In November 2010, I was looking for a story to shoot and decided to do something on dumpster diving in the Denver metro area. I was also on deadline to come up with something for a video production class, and so I wanted to kill two birds with one stone. I have lived on Capitol Hill since 2008; people going through dumpsters at all hours of the day is a fact of life around here. I always thought it would make an interesting story, if done right, but I didn't want to reinforce stereotypes of homeless people rummaging through the trash.
When I set out to do this, I wanted to find different types of dumpster divers - people with different motivations. I think a lot of people aren't too surprised to see someone who looks homeless going through a garbage can, but there are people from many socioeconomic backgrounds who do this. Diving is about survival for some, for others it's a hobby.
A bit of searching the web produced a LinkedIn and Facebook page for a group of self-proclaimed "Garbologists" in the north metro area. A few messages and phone calls later, I had found my story.