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Old 05-10-2007, 09:08 PM
 
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I live in the mid-city area and am curious to know if this is just a phenomenon in my part of town. Do you other LA denizens have groups of people digging through your trash and recycle bins on the night before they are picked up?

(One guy actually drove his van up and down our street while his buddy pilfered through the bins. Not sure how cost effective this was, given the price of gas).

Proof positive that this is a third world city.

A.
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Old 05-10-2007, 09:21 PM
 
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I live in the mid-city area and am curious to know if this is just a phenomenon in my part of town. Do you other LA denizens have groups of people digging through your trash and recycle bins on the night before they are picked up?

(One guy actually drove his van up and down our street while his buddy pilfered through the bins. Not sure how cost effective this was, given the price of gas).

Proof positive that this is a third world city.

A.
Its like that in Orange County too. If you import millions of people from a third world country, you get third world behavior and living conditions.
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Old 05-10-2007, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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Yes, that goes on here as well. However, since our apartment building apparently doesn't have any kind of curbside recycling program, I figure that at least the homeless people digging through the trash are helping the environment. I used to recycle aluminum cans, but it was a hassle (ant invasions, etc.).
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Old 05-10-2007, 09:50 PM
 
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Yes, that goes on here as well. However, since our apartment building apparently doesn't have any kind of curbside recycling program, I figure that at least the homeless people digging through the trash are helping the environment. I used to recycle aluminum cans, but it was a hassle (ant invasions, etc.).
I'm pretty sure the trash collection company recycles that anyway even if its not separated at pickup. So the homeless people are indirectly raising your trash collection rates by depriving the company of a revenue source.
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Old 05-10-2007, 09:53 PM
 
Location: West LA
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Wow, for a third world city, I live like a @#$%ing GOD!
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Old 05-10-2007, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Tijuana Exurbs
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Trash pickers are prevalent in San Diego also.
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Old 05-10-2007, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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I figure the trash pickers are just recycling and making a couple dollars on the side. This is the reason why a paper shredder comes in handy
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Old 05-10-2007, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I live next to the alley and we have dumpster divers come through daily. Folks on low income come through and pick up plastic bottles for recycling. People who are moving put their junk in the alley for others to take home. I have found many wonderful things in the alley as well.

Artie
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Old 05-11-2007, 01:52 AM
 
Location: Shallow alcove hidden from the telescreen
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Exclamation CAUTION: ID thieves on trash-day eve

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I live in the mid-city area and am curious to know if this is just a phenomenon in my part of town. Do you other LA denizens have groups of people digging through your trash and recycle bins on the night before they are picked up?

(One guy actually drove his van up and down our street while his buddy pilfered through the bins. Not sure how cost effective this was, given the price of gas).

Proof positive that this is a third world city.

A.
Be careful, it could be someone looking to steal identities. "Dumpster Diving" is illegal in many cities precisely for this reason. They ain't lookin' for cans and bottles. It's identity info they're after. Three words to remember: shred, shred, shred.
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Old 05-11-2007, 08:50 AM
 
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Good post Cre8. That happened to my husband many years ago in a apartment he lived at in Newbury Park. Id Theft. and it was from a neighbor of his who would dumpster dive. She was arrested and my husband was shocked he said because he would see her going thru the dumpsters but just thought she was collecting cans and stuff like that. So yes, Shred!
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