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Old 07-03-2012, 09:23 AM
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No I wouldn't care as long as they weren't leaving a trail of garbage that I would have to clean up. people drive around all the time looking for useful things in peoples trash. Sometimes I'll just take something I want to get rid of out to the curb and leave it for someone to grab if they want it... and someone always does.

IMO, if you can use it... take it off my hands.

Oh... and as long as it isn't getting the dogs all riled up lol

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Old 07-03-2012, 10:18 AM
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Honestly, I probably wouldn't even be aware, lol. I don't spend much time looking out front.

We don't have any bottles or cans in our garbage, though, so it'd be a fruitless mission.

If there was no mess, I probably wouldn't care much, assuming the cans were in the street.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:23 AM
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One thing I do wonder about now that you got me thinking on the subject, how does the town (or the recycling company your town uses) feel about taking "their" more profitable items?

Here, the town supplied us with a big, blue, rollered, recycling bin. It's numbered, and they own it, you don't take it with you if you stays with the address. I'm pretty sure this is common for other towns/states as well.

So it seems to me, once I place recycling goods into this bin, it then belongs to the town. I would assume they recycle certain things for $ to help pay for the recycling pick up program. Those drivers and trucks don't run on lolipops and sunshine, LOL

So ya, if they are picking from your trash cans that is a whole different thing from picking out of your recycling bins IMO.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:30 AM
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I've sometimes thought about that, but I suspect it doesn't happen to a large enough degree to make it cost effective enough for anyone to officially care.

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Old 07-03-2012, 11:22 AM
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Yes, it would, but mainly because I've seen people dig for personal documents that they could use for illegal purposes.

However, I would be more than happy to sort out the cans and bottles and leave themmin a separate bag placed to the side.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:47 AM
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Maybe put the bottles or cans together right at the curb so they don't have to do so much picking. In this area people put out big boxes at the curb with signs like FREE. All your old knick knacks and junk disappears long as they don't leave a mess it's win-win
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:21 PM
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Haha yah, like Sparks mentioned, if I have something I don't want/need, but don't want to throw it out, I put it at the curb and somebody picks it up to use.

As far as taking the "profitable items" from the city, it's not like you're actually getting free garbage or recycling pick up, you pay for it with taxes, so I really wouldnt worry about it paying for free pick up
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:33 PM
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we used to separate the aluminum cans in a bag and set them next to the rest of the recyclables and save them the trouble.

But we never have cans here for anything anymore and our containers are bigger for recycling than our trash bins now. That and nobody seems to go around here digging for that stuff.

I love the curbside pick up you can get for things though. Rather than pay to get rid of it somewhere, someone would just drive by and pick it up for you for free. Around here though it seems you have to post it somewhere and they come by. Where we used to live it had a lot lower income level overall and stuff didn't last an hour on the curb. It was kind of nice.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:50 PM
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I would but it would be because I was wondering what they wanted.
I live over an hour away from the nearest recycle center and so the 'homeless' guy would either have a car which in that case he wasted more gas getting to my house than he will off a couple cans or he has to convince me he is about to walk 60-70 miles yo cash in my maybe three cans.

Also as an experiment I put together my friends shredded bills to show them how easy it is. It took about an hour but it is possible and made even easier by huge letter heads. So shredding isn't always a lot if protection especially since most of the time you just need the front page of a bill for account info and that is the page with the letterhead usually.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:51 PM
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It's not allowed on base. Trash is trash, put out at 7am. (Although most people put it out the night before anyway). City comes in and picks it up. We also have recycle bins...but they only pick up 2 out of 4. Either paper and glass, or aluminum and paper...something like that.

Off base, I generally don't care if things are put out to the curb specifically for someone to drive by and pick it up. But I don't like it when people going through the trash itself. That requires ripping bags, making a mess, etc. And even if it's still all in the bin afterwards, I'm still going to get a complaint from the city for it being a nasty sloppy mess. Also, personal identification.

So, if it's on the curb, fine, but not the bins themselves.
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