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I see it as a discussion of ethics....stealing the cans for recycling that go to help offset the other costs. (plastics and paper are losses monetarily, but good for the environment)

I see the guy with the pick-up in the mornings, cruising the curbs, as stealing from the recycle program. He is taking advantage of others' sorting and saving, for his personal gain. If he was picking up trashed cans by the roadside--not already collected-that would be different.

Emotionally, I react to it like I do when I see the boor who sees the "free-take one" sign, and scoops the whole pile up.

(a recycler and salvager and diver)

proud child of a "scrounger"
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