It might seem reasonable to allow residents to collect cans and bottles for recycling because it helps provide additional income in these cash-strapped times, plus it helps the environment.
However, there are several drawbacks to such activity. The two biggest are that dumpster diving brings in a criminal element and can cause messes around the dumpsters. In the past, drug addicts have rifled through our trash bins in search of recyclables to help pay for their habits, and homeless people search the bins for food and clothing. Drug addicts and homeless people could care less about keeping our trash enclosures clean. They dig to suit their purposes, and if trash is tossed outside of the bins while they are searching, so be it.
OK, you say, just limit the dumpster diving to residents only. But how will you know who is or isn’t a resident? Some non-residents caught dumpster diving in the past have simply said they live here, when they don’t. There is no good way to determine who is or isn’t a resident. Besides, there have been residents who have been known to dumpster dive who are just as messy as the interlopers.
The best policy is to curtail dumpster diving altogether. That is what the Board has chosen. The Rules and Regulations are in the process of being revised, and when they are adopted, they will help prevent dumpster diving. If you see dumpster divers, please advise them that it is not permissible and if they choose not to stop their activity, please call:
Garden Grove police at 714-741-5704 or
Casitas Security at 714-512-4140
to report them. But be cautious and polite when approaching dumpster divers and avoid confrontations. Let the police and Casitas deal with them.