[Chat] trash picking
daleg at elemental.org
Wed Jun 1 15:48:38 EDT 2005
On Jun 1, 2005, at 3:40 PM, John Spurrier wrote:
> Henry Kissinger tried to claim that reporters who found empty
> bottles of booze in his trash were tresspassers and that taking the
> bottles was theft. He lost.
This also depends on the locale. Some say trash is no longer private
property once its on the curb. Perhaps Kissinger lived in a area like
All I know that trash is private property until its collected by the
owner's authorized hauler.
Rules like that have been used in the past by companies prosecuting
dumpster-divers in silicon valley who came across trade secrets the
company threw away (carelessly, but still - it was counted as stolen
A quick glance of the city waste laws and charter on
baltimorecity.gov doesn't seem to make a clear definition of when
ownership of garbage is terminated. I would say that absence of
anything still means that its property.
But as an example, the city of Davis, CA does explicitly say who owns
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