CASTRO VALLEY (CBS SF) – Alameda County officials are looking to put a stop to people pilfering from recycle bins, making off with bottles and can and leaving a mess behind.

A proposal would make it a fineable offense to poach recyclables from bins on the street. The proposed ordinance would apply to unincorporated portions of Alameda County.

Residents complain that poachers go through recycle bins at all hours of the night, making off with the bottles and cans while leaving garbage on the sidewalk and the street.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

Under the proposal, fines for poaching from recycle bins would be $100 for the first violation, $200 for the second, and $500 for each additional violation.

The proposal still has a few hurdles before it could become law, including a citizens advisory committee and a public protection committee before it even goes to the full board of supervisors.

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Comments (4)
  1. freda says:

    Good Luck enforcing it.
    SF has one but of course nothing is done about it.
    Those that pilfer, ie STEAL – are – uh– minorities? and of course claim discrimination.
    It’s a travesty.
    Funny thing now.. they are no longer in the minority but still claim minority status.

  2. Anon says:

    I’m sorry but let them poach. These people are obviously hard up for cash and I would rather see them get it than the government who would just misuse the extra funds.

    1. Sam Mallory says:

      then will you come to the houses that get there garbage thrown every where. Half of all recyclers do it for meth.

  3. ani says:

    The ban will be worthless. Why? Most homeless people don’t leave mess on sidewalks but out of towners, including tourists litter. Also, homeless and people living in poverty level don’t just go over people’s personal recycling bin, they go through city recycling bins and garbage just to make a living. They drag their shopping carts and garbage bag, and they find something valuable and then, they deliver it to the recycling center where they get money in return. These people have been surviving on this for years as opposed to getting handouts from people by begging. These people are not beggars nor are they helpless. They do this in order to buy food and if the ban is tried to be enforced, it will still be defeated as there is other ways these people will try to find a loophole in order for them to survive.. Life is extremely hard for these people… they have lost their money in the past…. they will not lose anything more that is dear to them.

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