Good Question: What to Do About Recycling Scavengers?

Good Question: What to Do About Recycling Scavengers?

Stephanie Kinnear
Nov 20, 2008
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MH has a theoretical and somewhat controversial question for Re-nest readers:
What to do about people that scavenge recycling bins for redeemable cans & bottles? I've been thinking about this recently because a local "recycling hunter" has woken me up at 5:30am two weeks in a row as he rummages through our recycling, clanking bottles, etc. Not only is this a nuisance, but I'm actually worried about the bigger impact ...

I imagine that aluminum cans and glass bottles are the most profitable collections that my city takes in... if people steal these goods from the recycling bins, i worry that the city will be left with only the less profitable plastic recycling, potentially leading to our recycling program being cut down the line. Scary!

Locks and such are not an option, since most of the time the recycling is "stolen" on the morning before collections, when we have to take our recycling out to the curb. Any thoughts on how to limit this behavior and save our recycling program?

What do you think?

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