281-6. Collection by unauthorized persons prohibited. Quoting: Anonymous Coward 29130794
A. Recyclable material as defined herein shall be the property of the Borough of North Arlington once placed at the designated collection or pickup site(s) authorized by the municipality or its designated agent.
B. It shall be a violation of this article for any person unauthorized by the municipality or its designated agent to pick up or cause to be picked up said recyclable materials as defined herein. Each such collection will be illegal and in violation hereof and shall constitute a separate and distinct offense, punishable as hereinafter provided.
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These are from "Chapter 281 - RECYCLING" and has NOTHING to do with what this tread is about.
You should have been looking in "Chapter 398 - GARBAGE, RUBBISH AND REFUSE" [link to ecode360.com
] where there is no mention of penalties of going through garbage.
The fact is, once you put your garbage in public domain for collection it becomes just that, public. If this bike was in a trash can on someone's privately owned property then yes, it would be considered stealing. But if it were on the sidewalk, it was free game.
The statement above applies to household, curbside garbage. Now if it was in a dumpster on private property it would be illegal.
I personally wouldn't go through someone's garbage but it is still not illegal if left in public domain.
"Also, you will not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in anything that you put out to the curb for collection (even garbage in an opaque bag), have in an open field, or left in the public domain." [link to rosenblumlawfirm.com