dumpster diving

noun
variants: or Dumpster diving

Definition of dumpster diving

: the practice of searching through public trash receptacles for edible food or discarded items that retain some use or value
  • When he talks about his experiment in dumpster diving, Ferrell emphasizes that he had advantages that most people who scrounge for a living do not—his own house, a pickup truck, and a wife with a job.
  • —Tom Bartlett
  • Today, Mr. Jones … subsists by Dumpster diving, doing odd jobs and, when he sees the opportunity, scavenging scrap metal.
  • —John Eligon
  • … a freegan is a person who has decided to boycott capitalist society by severely curtailing consumption of resources through reusing, recycling and Dumpster diving.
  • —Raina Kelley
  • In Boulder, an affluent town of 96,700, where houses are demolished to make way for mansions, Dumpster diving for building supplies may have found its cultural moment.
  • —Hillary Rosner

dumpster diver

or Dumpster diver noun
    • As my trash pile got larger, I turned around and she was sorting through the trash like you might see a dumpster diver in the inner city.
    • —Collins Doughtie
    • As avid flea market and yard sale goers, eBay addicts, and Dumpster divers, we have always ended up with extra furniture.
    • Martha Stewart Living

First Known Use of dumpster diving

1983

in the meaning defined above

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