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Old 01-29-2013, 07:44 PM   #11
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I don't think pulling from the curbside recycle bin is crossing the line at all. I wouldn't worry about it. If they ever catch you, just tell them you make wine and offer them a bottle. Although, if they drink that much, you may not want them knowing you make wine.

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Old 01-30-2013, 10:30 PM   #12
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I'm sure he remembers placing the bottles in the bin. Eventually he's going to wonder why every time he puts out his recycling bin there are no bottles.

Honestly man just share a 6er with him and save yourself the trouble of snatching from his bin at night.

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Alcoholic or not, I think would ask him. Sooner or later he's going to catch you and then you're going to find yourself in that awkward moment you're trying to avoid. What are you going to do then?

For all he (or some nosey ass neighbor) knows, you could be going through other things he recycles like shredded bank statements or something.

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Old 01-30-2013, 10:41 PM   #14
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Alcoholic or not, I think would ask him. Sooner or later he's going to catch you and then you're going to find yourself in that awkward moment you're trying to avoid. What are you going to do then?

For all he (or some nosey ass neighbor) knows, you could be going through other things he recycles like shredded bank statements or something.
If shredded bank statements were of any use, why on earth would you bother to shred them?
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You could always ask him if his friend's might have some bottles and if he could grab them for you? This might relieve the awkwardness and he might just give them all to you.

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When garbage hits the curb, it's public property. Raid the whole neighborhood.

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If shredded bank statements were of any use, why on earth would you bother to shred them?
You got me there, but never underestimate what people would do for money. Not everyone shreds important stuff like that. I know some of my co-workers that complain about all the credit card applications they get and how they just chuck it in their recycle bins. Who knows if someone else comes along and see that and tries to take advantage of that?


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I don't think that's how that works, but I'm also not 100% sure on that. There was a guy that got fired at my job last year for stealing copper out of the recycle bins. This guy was going out to the recycle barrels each day after work and taking a few plated copper pieces each day. Technically it was "thrown away" but it was still considered company property and the guy lost his job over it.

I know my posts in this thread may sound trivial to a few, but my main point is what's wrong with just asking the guy for the bottles? I don't think the OP is a thief, but if you have to start a thread about whether or not you're crossing the line, then maybe you should also ask yourself what's a better option or approach?
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You got me there, but never underestimate what people would do for money. Not everyone shreds important stuff like that. I know some of my co-workers that complain about all the credit card applications they get and how they just chuck it in their recycle bins. Who knows if someone else comes along and see that and tries to take advantage of that?




I don't think that's how that works, but I'm also not 100% sure on that. There was a guy that got fired at my job last year for stealing copper out of the recycle bins. This guy was going out to the recycle barrels each day after work and taking a few plated copper pieces each day. Technically it was "thrown away" but it was still considered company property and the guy lost his job over it.

I know my posts in this thread may sound trivial to a few, but my main point is what's wrong with just asking the guy for the bottles? I don't think the OP is a thief, but if you have to start a thread about whether or not you're crossing the line, then maybe you should also ask yourself what's a better option or approach?
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.

That is why anything that could be easily construed as being thrown away (such as in a trash pile by the curb) is fair game for collectors in the eyes of the law.

However, finding a watch on the side of the road and keeping it could be considered theft as the watch would be considered as lost property and ownership is not transferred in that case, only possession.

IMO opinion (having had a single business law course in college many years ago) setting bottles by the curb for pickup constitutes the intention to give up ownership.

I don't think he would have a problem with you taking them if you ask either. Most alcoholics dont' even think they ARE alcoholics!!

I would ask him, even though I don't think you need to, legally.
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Always great when you find the bottle full of cigarette butts!

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I would say that grabbing your neighbor's empties out of the recycling bin is the epitimy and definition of recycling. If they aren't OK with you repurposing and reusing those bottles instead of buying new ones, then they need to re-examine their committment to recycling, don't you think?

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