dumpster diving

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

Other Words from dumpster diving

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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“Dumpster diving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumpster%20diving. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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