Dumpster-diving



noun
1.
the practice of foraging in garbage that has been put out on the street in dumpsters, garbage cans, etc., for discarded items that may still be valuable, useful, or fixable.
/ˈdʌmpstə/
noun
1.
(US) the practice of searching through dustbins for discarded but still usable or valuable objects such as food or clothes

noun phrase

Searching through trash for something of value: Low-end thefts range from so-called Dumpster diving, searching the garbage for discarded carbons, to old-fashioned card theft/ On Dumpster Diving: Eighner offered a sophisticated essay on the theme of surviving on refuse

[late 1980s+; fr the trademark of a type of refuse receiver]

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