Many thanks to Dylan R., who sent us this info in March 2009:
Note that the major grocers in Marietta (i.e. Kroger, IGA, Giant Eagle) have no accessible dumpsters. They tend to use compactors.
Salvation Army Thrift Store
175 Post St, Marietta, OH 45750
What you’ll find: I’ve had a lot of success pulling a variety of things out of their dumpster, including shoes, old books, stuffed animals, CDs, and other interesting trinkets. It’s hard to know when they empty it, but it was full early Thursday morning.
East of Chicago Pizza Company
111 Pike St, Marietta, OH 45750
What you’ll find: They throw out tons of Hot-N-Ready pizzas; I found about 15 of them when I looked. The rest of the dumpsters behind this shopping center are worth a look as well.
708 Pike St, Marietta, OH 45750
What you’ll find: a lot of produce; I found many heads of lettuce, grapes, Oreo snacks, broccoli, and tomatoes. Much more full on some nights than on others.
118 N 7th St, Marietta, OH 45750
What you’ll find: A safe bet for some freshly-discarded bagels. Reaching the dumpster is tricky, however; the store is open and staffed all night long and the dumpsters are behind an unlocked gate clearly visible from the store’s back window. I crept in when the employees went to clean the kitchen.
804 Pike St, Marietta, OH 45750
What you’ll find: Wal-Mart itself keeps all its waste in a trash compactor, but the other stores in this shopping center are ideal for dumpstering. I found a broad assortment of items including food, shoes, and toys.