Originally Posted by Homercidal
A recycle bin for work may go to a place that PAYS the company for the metals (I can tell that they most assuredly do.)
A recyce bin for a homeowner is different in that they do not get paid for the materials being recycled. As far as I know, placing stuff next to the curb for pickup is an indication that they are being disposed of and that the owner is giving up ownership.
Around here the homeowner doesn't get paid, per se, for the recyclables but none the less there is a business arrangement between the recycler and the homeowner.
The County operates the recycling center. The business arrangement is that they pick it up for free for the rights to have it and sell it. So, to take from the recycling bin around here is basically stealing from the County. Not that I think it's a particularly egregious crime but, technically, I think it would be a crime.