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Can collectors’ rummaging rankles Clark County residents

Practice offers a source of income to homeless but incites frustration among neighbors

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter, and
Mia Ryder-Marks, Columbian staff reporter
Published: February 21, 2024, 6:07am
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A worker at West Vancouver Materials Recovery Center tosses a used soda bottle while sorting through recycled materials Tuesday morning collected by Waste Connections. While some looking for extra income search through people&rsquo;s recycling bins for cans, officials at Waste Connections say that constitutes theft.
A worker at West Vancouver Materials Recovery Center tosses a used soda bottle while sorting through recycled materials Tuesday morning collected by Waste Connections. While some looking for extra income search through people’s recycling bins for cans, officials at Waste Connections say that constitutes theft. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Each week, when residents put out their trash and recycling bins, some people see the discarded aluminum cans inside as an opportunity to make an extra buck.

But officials say taking recyclables from someone’s bin is theft. Once a resident puts the bin at the curb for collection, the recyclables inside are the property of Waste Connections of Washington, which also stands to make money on the cans.

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