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Old 07-03-2012, 01:09 AM
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Default Would you stop homeless people from going through your garbage/recycling?

The house is fenced and all but tomorrow is our garbage day and just because we're a bunch of lazy bums we like putting it out to curb the night before instead of the actual morning of collection.

More often than not homeless people cruise by and cherry pick through both our garbage and recycling bins for soda bottles, cans, etc - as our province has a refundable bottle deposit that can be claimed back upon return of them.

This drives my dad abit crazy and it really infuriates him - I'm indifferent to it as our house is secure anyway - they aren't coming onto our property for anything, and the bottles get recycled all the same with the homeless people getting abit of change for themselves out of it, I don't see who it hurts.

Anyways, was just wondering - would you personally mind or stop a homeless person going through your garbage or recycle bins if you saw them doing so?
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:11 AM
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Once you put it out to the curb it's not your property, so there's not much you COULD do. But I really don't care if they do or not
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:14 AM
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We've had them come onto our balcony and take empty bottles (involves going around back of the house, climbing the stairs, opening the gate, hauling the container w/bottles down the steps, emptying it and leaving it on the ground). That pissed my dad off and I can see why, first he was pretty severely trespassing, second he was taking $10 or more of stuff.

However, going through stuff at the curb? As long as they leave it neat and clean I can't see why that would be bothersome. Sometimes old guys (not homeless) on bicycles go through people's curb-side recycling, rock on as far as I'm concerned lol. I think I heard somewhere that it legally becomes public property when it's curbside actually.
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:53 AM
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No. I don't stop them. I ask them nicely to put what they don't take back in the bin when they are done and they always comply.

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Old 07-03-2012, 02:16 AM
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We constantly have people going through our dumpster in the back of our building. My neighbors have just started putting clothing items on the lid. I have started just putting my cans in a plastic bag next to the dumpster. I don't go through a lot of cans, but Iowa has a deposit and hey, if my trash can help someone, might as well.
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:13 AM
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As long as they didn't leave a mess, I don't think it would bother me.
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:43 AM
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If they don't leave a mess, I don't care.
We shred all letters/bank documents/anything that would have any personal info anyway.

The guys that go through the buildings stuff often go through and even sort a bunch of stuff into recycling that was thrown away lol which is awesome.

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Old 07-03-2012, 08:38 AM
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As others have said, if they don't leave a mess, it's fine with me. BUT....we shred our mail, and our bins are also out on the curb. If our bins are still up on our property? NO......I would be chasing people away!

Twice a year our town has 'trash days' which is pretty much spring and fall clean up. You can get rid of larger items.....sofas, old lawn mowers, grills,mattresses, etc at no extra charge. TONS of people are out cruising town going through everyone's trash during this time. Doesn't bother me except when they drag out a pile to get to something and leave a huge mess........then it bothers me! LOL
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:06 AM
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People drive up and down the alleys around here scavenging, not necessarily homeless. Which means you can put stuff you don't want anymore but don't necessarily want to throw away out on the alley and someone will take it, it's sort of its own little ecosystem. Never had any problems with it as far as people coming in yards or nuisance crimes or whatever. It's pretty entrenched in the culture of the area around here, so I'm not sure you could really do much about it if it bothered you. Anything you put on the alley is considered fair game.

I see a woman with two little kids in a stroller walking down the alley collecting cans from people's recycling every once in a while. Why in the world would I stop her, at least she's doing something constructive to feed her kids or send them to summer camp or whatever she's using the money for.

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Old 07-03-2012, 09:17 AM
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Perhaps sort it before you bin it...?
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