I just can't help myself. It all started with my grandfather. He kept all kinds of things and remade-reused them on his farm. (Back then they called it junk collecting.) My mother also did this. We spent one summer when I was a teenager going to a granite dump site and loading granite and marble pieces that were broken or damaged and taking these back to my mother's yard where she made stepping stones, garden edging and benches out of the stuff. So I come by it naturally, and then I add my own artistic bent to it.
While I'm recycling my things at the local drop off point, I also check out what has been tossed in the bin to see if I can re-purpose it. And yes, I belong to "dumpster diver anonymous." I also belong to freecycle, which is another movement to keep things out of the landfill. I've gotten many things from there, and also offer things for free to others that I no longer want. (Think: "one person's trash is another person's treasure".)
This instructable will show some of the projects I've re-purposed.