Most people don’t give much thought to where the trash goes after it leaves your house.
Paying a visit to your local city garbage dump will give you a fresh perspective, and possibly some buried treasures.
The History of the Dump
According to the Association of Science-Technology Centers, New Amsterdam (Manhattan) passed a law in 1657 preventing residents from throwing their waste into the streets. Since that point, the question as to what to do with trash has been a real problem. In the 1860s, pigs, rats, and insects roamed the streets of Washington D.C. eating the trash. In 1885, the first garbage incinerator was created, but it wasn’t until 1937 when the Fresno Sanitary Landfill opened that the modern “garbage dump” was born.
Artistic Materials and More
A major genre in the art world uses discarded materials for works of art. This YouTube video from the NRDCflix channel shows how these artists find their materials at local garbage dumps. It’s amazing what people will throw away, giving true meaning to the phrase “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” While dumpster diving is a beloved past time for people to find treasures before they hit the city dump, the dump itself has many treasures worth quite a bit of money. The Yellowknife city dump in the Northwest Territories of Canada is one of the biggest gold mines for discarded treasure in North America. The amount of furniture, electronics, and other items in fantastic shape at the Yellowknife dump is astounding. Because shipping these materials is so expensive, many people discard them before they move and purchase new items at their new home city.
Digging on Old Landfills
Visiting the sites of old landfills can also be a worthy endeavor. The Relic Recoverist channel on YouTube showed how exploring old landfill sights can yield some pretty interesting antiques. Taking the time to snoop around those areas will give you lots of opportunities to find valuable items. All you need to get started is an adventurous spirit and a willingness to get a little dirty.