Dumpsters Reviewed and Rated in Palm Beach County - Where to dumpster dive in Palm Beach County
Where can you find bread, hummus, chocolate, Samantha's juices, fruit, vegetables?
This review will tell you.
These stores no longer exist in this area
These first reviews are for dumpsters to stores that no longer exist in the area. I am posting them here, however, because you may find one of these stores near you, so you can know what to expect.
directions: The back route is Georgia south, past Forest Hill, first left after RR tracks where the road curves, and you'll be in the back parking lot.
An excellent food score when it was open. Recently, though, Wild Oat's was bought out by Whole Foods and they use compactors. Maybe they leave the compactor door unlocked. Worth checking.
review: You'll see a grey dumpster with hidden treats inside, waiting for your arrival. Good assortment of yogurt, Samantha's juices, fruit, vegetables, candy, bread, eggs, hummus, etc. John remarked: "You could just eat here and you'd be the healthiest person in Palm Beach county."
Entemann's Bakery Outlet
directions: Dixie, west side, just a 1/4 to 1/2 mile south of Belvedere.
Best time to visit is either late afternoon or evening or even nighttime. This dumpster rocks! A veritable plethora of muffins, cakes, donuts, breads--basically all the nutritional pornography you need to completely rot your teeth away. This is a dangerous dumpster, in that regard, so use caution. I've been yelled at 2x when shopping here, but waved, apologized, then left. A good technique is to search rapidly, watch for employees, then quickly toss your spoils over the nearby back barb wired fence for later pickup. This way, you'll bike or drive away empty handed. Unhealthy food, lots of it. Good for a coffeehouse get together.
Tooth rot. Lots of it in these nutritional handcuffs purchased by slaves to the sweet tooth. Get garbage bags full--dedicated to only donuts--behind this shop.
Directions: Take I-95 to Palm Beach Lakes. Head south on Palm Beach Lakes. About 1/2 mile to the west side you'll see the culprit, decorated in post-modern deco, innocently acting to hide it's guilt (mass poisoning of consumers). Dumpster is in back. Garlic (Scott Thourot) & I drove by & did a dive, retreating a kitchen bag full-o-donuts. Scott opened the bag and sat it on the kitchen floor. It's probably still there. He's a bit eccentric.
These stores still exist. Be sure to check their dumpsters.
Directions: Lake Worth road. Head west for several miles, keeping a spotter watching the south side for the Hoffman's building, a large house structure with Christmas lights during the holidays. Iffy results, but you'll usually come away with some high quality delights. Makes a great night out prior to a $2 movie at movies of Lake Worth just west of there.
There's a few locations for this: one on Lake Worth Road, just west of Congress, north side. The other is on Military Trail, between Blue Heron and Northlake Boulevard, on the west side. The dumpster at Northlake offers an abundance of fruit, vegetables, and compost. Bring a truck if you can. The one in Lake Worth offers a smaller amount of produce. Both locations are worth visiting.
On the west side of Dixie, south of Forest Hill. This dumpster varies depending on the night. Drive by and bring your flashlight. It's pretty dark back there. You'll see some cats hanging out there, too. I met a homeless guy who helped me load stuff in the car. Wear dirty clothes, boots, socks, even gloves - this dumpster gets pretty dirty.
A wooden fence that is closed hides this dumpster. The fence has a lock on it, but it is not locked. Simply remove lock, enter fenced area, open dumpster. Usually, I will find watermelons, citrus, and sometimes boxes of rotting plant material useful for compost.
Winn Dixie compactor
On the corner of Dixie and Gregory, just south of Forest Hill, is Winn Dixie. Drive or bicycle around to the back. Park. Open the compactor door and look inside. You need a flashlight. Be careful. An abundance of delicious food in boxes that are unharmed. (At Sedona's the boxes are often slashed open.) To see what I found one night at this dumpster, click here for a slideshow.
Northlake. Incredible yield - soy, energy bars, veggies, produce.
On the southwest corner of Military & Okeechobee, in Pine Trail Shopping Centre, just a few stores north of Marshall's & TCBY. Behind the store is a terrific dumpster. Dived shitake mushrooms, veggies, produce, soy, etc. Smells like disinfectant, so exercise caution & wash food before eating. Not sure if they spray dumpster to prevent stench of to discourage divers.
On the southeast corner of Military & Okeechobee, behind Dunkin Donuts, and north of Kmart (Big K). Great dumpster. Usually a clear bag - Praise God! - that's dedicated (only for bagels or a specific type of food) full of a great assortment of bagels, often tossed daily so they're fresh. :-)
On Northlake, east of I-95. One time I found a bunch of bread and bagels here, but I've returned to find very little. So, it depends on the day.
I posted some slideshows of dumpster'ed food at: Dumpster Liberation Front.
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