Hundreds of ‘perfectly good boots’ trashed at Yellowknife dump, people snatch them up

A heap of black, yellow and orange boots at the Yellowknife dump induced a buzz amongst native residents — a lot in order that seemingly, inside per week of being thrown out, most of the boots had discovered new properties. 

Longtime Yellowknifer Walt Humphries first observed the pile of boots final Friday.

“These ones have not been used a lot,” stated Humphries, a author, artist and prospector who’s lived in Yellowknife for over 40 years. “They’re completely good boots, there’s nothing flawed with them.”

He stated he noticed near 100 pairs of steel-toed miners boots from the model Viking Footwear — the sort of boots that Humphries says he is been utilizing “all my years up in Yellowknife.”

A model new pair goes for properly over $100 on-line, famous Humphries.

Humphries stated he noticed a pile of steel-toed miners boots from the model Viking Footwear. They retail for properly over $100 on-line. By Friday, there have been only some pairs left, principally in bigger sizes. (Chantal Dubuc/CBC)

Humphries, who stated he is salvaged at the dump all his life, stated he instantly dug via the pile to search out his dimension. A handful of others have been additionally there, salvaging for a pair too, he stated.

Humphries stated he observed that some pairs had people’s names written on the within neck of the boots

I solely took a number of crates on the market simply to see what would occur. Lo and behold, they have been all gone.– Lloyd Lush, native man who owned the boots

“Simply people’s final names. Like Edgar, Joe, nothing out of the bizarre … I assume it got here from of the mines,” he stated, including that miners typically write their names to maintain their footwear separate from the opposite employees.

People excited, some involved on social media

Phrase of mouth turned the boots right into a scorching commodity on the town. 

On a Fb submit shared in a Yellowknife Classifieds group, some people have been elated with the information.

“I NEED a pair,” wrote one resident. 

“Cheaper than Walmart,” wrote one other.

In the meantime others confirmed considerations in regards to the quantity of pointless waste at the dump, and a few questioned the security of the boots.

Christina Socha, a Yellowknife resident, stated she dropped by the dump Thursday.

“There [were] only some pairs left!” she instructed CBC via a message.

Man discovers trove of rubber boots after public sale 

However Lloyd Lush, a Yellowknifer of 35 years who works within the scrap metallic and recycling enterprise, stated it was all meant for people to salvage.

Lush stated he obtained the shock batch of footwear after profitable a bid at a mine public sale lately. Together with different gear and motors, Lush stated he cracked open the six, 4×4-foot wood crates to find he now owned tons of of rubber, steel-toe boots.

A recycler by commerce and coronary heart, Lush stated he tried to share his trove.

“No person else needed ’em. Nope. I requested everybody else, they stated they needed to be sanitized, cleaned,” he stated.

So Lush caused three crates to the landfill final week, understanding its recognition amongst Yellowknife’s salvagers, hoping the boots would discover properties. 

“I solely took a number of crates on the market simply to see what would occur. ‘Lo and behold, they have been all gone,” stated Lush, chuckling. “It is recycled. It is superior!”

Lloyd Lush stated he obtained six crates full of boots after profitable a bid at an public sale. (Submitted by Lloyd Lush)

Lush stated he is planning on sending a crate of boots to the homeless shelter in Calgary.

And the remainder?

“If you’d like any rubber boots, the dump has acquired you lined. You higher get on the market,” stated Lush. 

Discovering footwear at dump not unusual

“Fortunately these ones acquired salvaged, typically they do not. And it is such a waste to destroy completely good stuff,” stated Humphries.

Humphries is a frequenter of the dump and stated he goes about as soon as per week. He stated discovering footwear is not unusual.

A number of years in the past, he stated he discovered a heap of a few hundred pairs of white winter boots at the dump.

Walt Humphries is a author, artist and prospector who’s lived in Yellowknife for over 40 years. He goes to salvage at the dump about as soon as per week. (Submitted by Walt Humphries)

Humphries stated he desires the town to do one thing about giant portions of “completely good” merchandise being trashed. 

“The town and the federal government … ought to be much more proactive about ensuring the good stuff would not finish up buried at the dump,” he stated. 

“That makes completely no sense.”

“We do encourage objects to be donated to organizations when potential such because the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at the Strong Waste Facility,” said a metropolis spokesperson in an electronic mail to CBC, including residents are “very acquainted” with salvaging alternatives at the dump.


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