Sunset Scavenger's latest newsletter describes the growing nuisance of recycling thieves:
Thousands of city residents have filed complaints about groups of poachers stealing bottles and cans from blue recycling carts and dumping recyclables into beat-up trucks crudely fashioned to carry big payloads.This isn't news, but for the first time they've put a price tag on it: $469,000 in taxpayer money.
Residents report that recycling thieves wake families in the middle of the night, throw newspaper and other materials on the ground (leaving homeowners to deal with the mess) and trespass onto private property. One San Francisco resident said she was assaulted by a recycling thief after asking the poacher not to take her recyclables.
So how do you feel about it? Benign? Annoying? A menace? Do you think it's actually hurting anyone, or is Sunset Scavenger whining about lost revenue? And if "thousands" have complained, why isn't anything being done to stop it locally (as opposed to AB 1778)?
If you'd like to express yourself, here's some contact information: