The Yellowknife Dump entrance.

Scavenge in the Municipal Dump

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Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

The Yellowknife city dump is one of the few in North America where people can legally scavenge. And who could resist? Yellowknife is a frontier city, so far from anywhere that stuff is expensive to bring in and equally expensive to bring out. People who leave usually just dump what they have: furniture, tools, clothing, appliances, TVs, computers, even cars and boats. And the city's population of thousands of transient diamond miners means that people are always leaving and dumping.

The Yellowknife dump is such a popular destination that it has trash heap directional signs and charges a five dollar admission fee. Locals view the scavenging as recycling or "shopping" -- and as a proud Yellowknife tradition -- and have fought all attempts to end it.

Scavenge in the Municipal Dump

Address:
Ingram Trail, Yellowknife, NT, Canada
Directions:
Drive north from anywhere on Hwy 3/Yellowknife Hwy. Once you pass the Yellowknife airport, stay left on Hwy 3. Road quickly dead-ends at Hwy 4/Ingram Trail. Turn left, then left again into the dump.
Admission:
$5 to scavange
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
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