Tired of scavengers rummaging through your recycle and garbage cans? I am tired of the noise late at night and early in the morning, the trash left strewn about, not to mention...the ones scavenging during the day in broad daylight brazen enough to walk down a driveway to go through cans are NOT friendly! Is it going to stop? Probably not.
From the SacBee:
Sacramento makes it a crime to scavenge in recycling bins:
Scavenging through city recycling bins is now illegal.
The Sacramento City Council voted to make it illegal to dig through the blue recycling containers placed in front of homes. It had previously been illegal to go through garbage bins only.
The new ordinance passed, 6-3, despite comments from more than a half-dozen people who said the law would harm the homeless, many of whom rely on money from trading in cans and bottles to pay for clothing and food.
"I don't think it's a law we need," said Councilman Rob Fong. "I don't think it's a humane thing."
Opponents also said the ordinance would cost money by forcing the police to enforce the restriction.
"If there's something in there that (the homeless) can sell, let them have it," said Councilwoman Bonnie Pannell. Pannell, Fong and Councilman Kevin McCarty voted against the ordinance.
Allowing scavenging through recycling bins "can result in identity theft, injuries to the scavengers, waste being strewn about the surrounding areas, containers being left open to emit foul odors, attract animals and pests, and theft of recyclable material," according to a city staff report.
Take a look at what Santa Cruz is doing.