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Dumpster diving (American English) (skipping[1][2] in British English) is the practice of sifting through commercial or residential waste to find items that have been discarded by their owners, but that may prove useful to the dumpster diver. Dumpster diving is also viewed as an effective urban foraging technique.[3]Dumpster divers will forage dumpsters for items such as clothing, furniture, food, and similar items in good working condition.[3]

Etymology and alternate names

The dumpster diving term originates from the best-known manufacturer of commercial trash bins, Dempster, who use the trade name "Dumpster" for their bins,[4]and the fanciful image of someone leaping head first into a dumpster as if it were a swimming pool. In practice, the size and design of most dumpsters makes it possible to retrieve many items from the outside of dumpsters without having to "dive" into them.

The practice of dumpster diving can additionally be referred to as bin-diving,[5]containering,[6] D-mart,[7] dumpstering,[8]tatting, skipping[9] or "recycled" food.

Furthermore, the term binner is often used to describe individuals who collect recyclable materials for their deposit value.

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