Garbage is a Growth Industry
Garbage is a hot commodity. Whether reclaiming recyclable materials from the waste stream for profit or more altruistic reasons, re-using stuff practically or as an artistic medium, more people are realizing there are a lot of alternate uses for what we've previously considered junk. Even edible food can be sourced from the trash according to the Freegans.
Corey Doctorow has conducted an interesting interview exploring the life of a professional connoisseur of garbage. Darren Atkinson is a full time dumpster diver, making a living selling what others throw out.