Sunday, June 13, 2010

Strange Thievery

Someone is stealing our recycling every Friday morning. Not the newspapers, just the bags of cans/glass/bottles. This was happening a while back when My Sweetie was putting out the recycling at night, so I asked him to start putting out the recycling in the mornings and we were good for a while. The odd thing is he leaves around 8:00 a.m. for work and I am usually up around 9:00 a.m. for Meals on Wheels, so the thieves have their timing just right.
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Why do I care, you ask? Well I put forth some effort to clean food cans and bottles and plastic soap containers and such and I imagine these thieves are tossing all that in the garbage somewhere and just keeping the beer and soft drink cans for the aluminum. It irks me that I am being so conscientious about my recycling and these people are most likely putting all that nicely cleaned recyclable material into a dumpster somewhere.
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We have large bushes on either side of the driveway so I'm thinking about sitting by the bush where anyone driving up the street can not see me. Then when they pull up, I will pop up and ask, "Why are you taking my recycling?" I wonder what will happen.

12 comments:

Jazz said...

ok, that's just bizarre. I don't get why someone would do that.

geewits said...

Jazz,
~~Hide in the bushes or take the cans to sell the aluminum?

Jocelyn said...

They do want the money. I suppose you could sigh deeply and start sorting the aluminum cans into a separate bag, which you could set outside the recycling, maybe with a "Here, you damn thieves: just take them" note.

VioletSky said...

While working overnight, I have seen one regular who trolls the neighbourhood searching EVERY blue box. Lately he has been coming onto our property (at the back) and digging through all the dozen or so huge recycling bins.

It is actually theft to take from blue boxes, but if you confront him, I doubt he'll care.

XUP said...

Like Violetsky said, most of our recycling pickers just take the stuff they can get money for. But your guy maybe figures he doesn't have the time to sort your stuff, so he just grabs everything. Maybe he's leaving the stuff he doesn't want in someone else's recycling bin? I wouldn't try and confront him if I were you though -- you never know.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Hmmm. A mystery indeed but perhaps not worth confronting anyone over.

geewits said...

Jocelyn,
~~I don't really have the space to separate things, but I have thought of that.

VioletSky and Xup,
~~We don't have bins. We use blue bags and they are tied, so there is no opportunity for someone to pick or rummage. It's all or none.

LGS,
~~You are probably right. Maybe I could just be out there pretending to clean my truck windshield or sweeping the driveway or something to thwart him.

Carole said...

You could booby-trap the handles of the bags with stink bait or something. When they grab the bags, it will stick to them and stink all night! If they're wearing gloves it will ruin their gloves! Of course that will be the one night when they DON'T take the bags, and the real recycling crew will pick up.

mrwriteon said...

That is a very weird thing to have happen. Why would somebody want to go to the trouble?

geewits said...

Carole,
~~You're crazy. What the heck is stink bait?

Ian,
~~Money. It's probably one of the drivers of the recycle truck tells his friend where the aluminum hot spots are and they split the take.

Carole said...

Gee, stink bait is the stinkiest stuff on earth, and you use it to fish for catfish. Catfish love it! It sticks to your fingers like crazy and you can't get the stinky off. Good idea to use gloves, then throw them away! haha Kids on occasion would put it in another kid's school locker as an awful prank. Eeewww...

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Maybe they are taking it ALL to some recycling place that pays them for each item. We have those here.....I will be interested in their answer to you if you actually do wait for them.