The New York Times ran an interesting front pager a few days ago about how Trash has Crashed, it examines how the global economic downturn has hurt the recycling industry and is causing some cities to abandon their city "curbside" recycling programs. It is becoming cheaper for many municipalities to dump than to recycle. From an environmental perspective, such a turnaround is abominable--economics clearly triumph over sustainablity again. Check the "Trash has Crashed" link above to get a grasp on how the tide has turned against recycling.
On a more appetizing note, The New Agenda has a new article that should be dear to any dumpster diving gourmand's heart, Revolutionary Dining: From Garbage to Gourmet? It covers some of the philosophical underpinnings of the Freegan lifestyle and its ecological imperative.
Moving on, to round out this post, the City of San Diego currently has a movement afoot: www.SaveTheFirePits.com. It is worth a look because, like Save Reno Dumpster Diving, it shows the style of another grassroots approach to influencing City Government policy as it pertains to the existence of particular cultures within a city.