Thursday, April 24, 2014
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A better class of thieves

I wanted to make members of the community aware of the continued theft of recycled materials from the city of Davis and to alert everyone that whoever is stealing from curbside recycle cans on trash day is also defeating the purpose of recycling by dumping all of the recycled material (that does not have a CRV) into the regular trash can.

Having recently moved from West Davis to East Davis, we have discovered that a better class of thieves exists on the west side than on the east side.

Why, you ask? Well, we watched the thieves on the west side steal recycling (the city of Davis actually receives the funds generated from recycling) but they would only take the material from the recycle portion of the can and leave the rest in place.

Now living on the east side, we have noticed that not only do the theives take the recyclables, they also throw what they don’t want into the regular trash (it makes it easier to get all of the recyclables out of the recycle can), thus totally defeating the recycle process.

Brian Buckley
Davis

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  • New DavisiteDecember 13, 2013 - 6:19 am

    Is this a thief? or someone who is so broke they scavenge trash cans for a few bucks. Ever talk to the person do it? I have. Unless they are a great actor, I'm not adverse to giving the money from the CRV items to a poor person rather than a city that can't manage its money properly anyway.

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  • DougDecember 13, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    Dear "New Davisite", I find it alarming that you would think it is ok for people to steal, just because it fits your own definition of derserving. When people take recyclables out of of recycle bins, they are not just stealing from the us personally, they are stealing from the entire community. Our commnunity relies on these revenues to help run the city - including the programs that help the homeless! If you don't feel that the city spends its money wisely, then show up for city council meetings and voice your concerns, or better yet, run for office. By advocating a lawlass approach to helping the disadvantaged, you entirely discredit yourself.

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  • New DavisiteDecember 13, 2013 - 1:46 pm

    First - it's in the trash. It's not stealing. How do you think the police can go through your trash. Second, who cares. Have you been to a city council meeting? They go to 2am. Maybe you have that kind of time, however Davis makes it incredibly arduous to participate in the governmental process in that way and by making themselves impossible to contact. Ever go to the city's website and try to get somebody's phone or email? Great community, but people need to loosen up... what's the phrase? Conservatives in liberals clothing?

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  • DougDecember 13, 2013 - 2:50 pm

    "New Davisite", It's not trash if it's in the recycling bin. And, that is what we are talking about here - people stealing recyclables out of recycling bins. If it were coming out of people's trash cans, then I feel you would have a valid point. (Not one I'd agree with, but valid nonetheless.) Regarding your statement, "conservatives in liberal's clothing", I'm not sure how this is a conservative versus liberal issue. But there are plently of conservatives in convervative clothing living in Davis. There's no need for anyone to pretend...

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  • January 20, 2014 - 2:20 pm

    Your a joke! Do you really think the taking of recyclables is hurting the city that much? If it was than DWR would have been out of business!!!

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  • DougDecember 13, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    "New Davisite", Here's a link to the City's webpage that has all the contact information for our city leadership. I have emailed members of the council and received very prompt and intelligent responses. You should give a a try too. :) http://city-council.cityofdavis.org/

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  • Greg JohnsonDecember 13, 2013 - 2:33 pm

    Maybe we can arrange an educational course given by those more fortunate thieves on the west side to their less sophisticated counterparts on the other side of the tracks!

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