Defeating The Recycling Scavengers
I'm actually with Andrew Bird on this one, reading his comment to the letter- to- the- editor in the Times- Standard this morning. I don't have much of a problem as some folks do with the bums going around and scavenging recyclables from wherever they can. After all, they're just trying to make ends meet.
But I'll agree it can be a problem when they get into the recycling bins and leave a mess. I'm sure that happens, although I have yet to see an actual instance of it. There's also the issue of them basically stealing what legally belongs to Recology and which is used to help pay for the curbside service. Point well made. That is a problem.
I haven't had any of those problems yet and I don't know that anyone has ever gone through my recycling bin. Why? First of all, as City Garbage asked when the program was first started, I only put the bin out on the sidewalk when it's full, which means every 5 or 6 weeks.
Not to digress and I'm not sure how it is now, but I noticed when this first started many people placed the bins out every week with only a handful of recyclables in them to pick up. It's not cost effective for City Garbage to be picking up just a handful of recyclables. Wait for the bin to fill up as I do. It's usually the paper side that fills up first and that generally takes about 6 weeks.
Second, I don't leave it out overnight. I take it out before I go to work in the morning so there's less time for the scavengers to find it. You have to have an idea of when the recycling truck generally comes by for this to work but, since they come by towards the afternoon in my neighborhood, I place my bin out between 9 and 10am. Doesn't give anyone a lot of time to find it that way.
Lastly, I generally take crv aluminum to the recycling center myself for redemption so there's not much of value in the bin, anyway. We might have a plastic bottle or two, but there are so few of them they're hard to find.
Simple enough. Give it a try.