I once met a guy who told me he and his children were able to get all their school supplies by Dumpster diving.

He would take a trip to Manhattan, he said, where K-State students seemed to throw away some good stuff. He’d even get his family’s Christmas tree this way.

I think I’ll stick to our annual family trip to the nearby Christmas tree farm.

Q: I saw a story in the Pratt newspaper that says the city has no law against Dumpster diving. Does Hutchinson?

There is no ordinance against Dumpster diving, said Hutchinson City Attorney Paul Brown.

However, there are laws about trespassing. So, if you are searching the bins at Wal-Mart and a manager or owner tells you to move on, he suggests doing so.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Stealing trash is not illegal. The Supreme Court ruled in 1988 that once an item is left for trash pickup, there is no expectation of privacy or continued ownership.”

Q: I would love to see the new apartments in the Wiley building. Are there any tours planned for the general public? Also is the new downtown parking garage for Wiley building residents or is it open to the public? Thank you.

Developer Jack Manske of Manske and Associates said the Wiley Building is having an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

People can also call (620) 662-4400 for private tours.

Manske said, however, the parking garage is private – only for the use of building tenants.

At present, the building is more than half occupied.

“We passed the halfway point last week,” Manske said, adding that every day there are more inquires.

Meanwhile, check out our special Wiley edition this week, which looks at the building’s history and its future.

Q: Can you find out if stores really recycle the plastic shopping bags some of us take the time and effort to return? I have asked them and, of course, I’m told they do but somehow I just don’t believe them.

No worries – Dillons does recycle bags, says Sheila Lowrie, the company’s spokeswoman.

“Yes!” she said in an email. “Plastic bags left at Dillons are recycled through our Bag 2 Bag program. In fact, last year we recycled 1,140,600 pounds of plastic bags from our customers and plastic wrapping from shipments sent to our stores.”

That’s just over 570 tons, she noted. Moreover, it is a 12 percent tonnage increase over 2013.

She gave a shout-out to Dillons customers and associates who bring in the bags and have an ongoing commitment to recycle.

“Together we’re providing a better tomorrow,” she said.