Dumpster Diving Terrorism and Jim Latwig

Please Read James A. Ladwig As County Executive, things are going to get very ugly very soon 

From The freegan.info website http://freegan.info/what-is-a-freegan/about-us/

 

We aren’t lawyers but this is our best understanding as plain-old US citizens.

Dumpster diving is legal in the United States except where prohibited by local regulation. According to a 1988 Supreme Court Ruling (California vs. Greenwood), when a person throws something out, that item is now the public domain. Here is some language from that ruling: “It is common knowledge that plastic garbage bags left on or at the side of a public street are readily accessible to animals, children, scavengers, snoops, and other members of the public.”

However, if a dumpster is against a building or inside a fenced enclosure marked “No Trespassing,” you could be questioned, ticketed or even arrested by the police. Other law-enforcement tactics to discourage dumpster diving include:

– to ticket or arrest for littering (hence the legal as well as common courtesy reason to leave a trash area neater than you found it!);

– to ticket or arrest for disorderly conduct, if you are blocking a sidewalk or generally creating a ruckus while dumpster diving, or refuse to leave an area when requested to do so.

Unless a town or city has specifically made dumpster diving illegal, generally the police will not come unless called by a store manager or property owner. In our experience, this is yet another good reason to be courteous with any store employee (or resident with a dumpster) who questions the dumpster diving in progress, and to use common sense about how long an individual or group stays at any one trash location. If anyone asks you to leave, consider doing so, even if the law is on your side– there are plenty of other wasted resources to be found.

Good Samaritan Law: No Excuses for Not Donating

Store managers will claim that food in their dumpster cannot legally be consumed by humans, or that they cannot donate or give it away. This is either ignorance or lies. If you have the patience to educate, you may want to bring up the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act that has has been the law since the 1990s.

Some people suggest telling store managers you are collecting food to feed livestock or for a compost pile and if you don’t want to make a political point on the waste this will usually work. Some managers will even tell you when certain items are discarded (ie; produce), and encourage you to come get them. The main thing that food stores are worried about is¬† someone getting sick from what they throw away, and then suing them.

There is backlash in a number of communities on the issue of “theft” of recyclables from city recycling bins. Metal can often be sold at prices that make scavenging aluminum (especially cans with a fixed deposit), old appliances, and even power cords a viable cottage industry. A number of cities now have laws against this kind of dumpster diving with a vehicle. Most cities will not harass the small-scale scavenger with a granny cart or bicycle.

“Warning, do not play on in or around dumpster” — such signs are for the protection of the people who own or rent the dumpsters, in case someone gets hurt, to avoid liability.

Wikipedia on dumpster legality Includes some info on the legal situation in Europe and Canada.

Supreme Court ruling on dumpster diving When it ruled in the Gravewood decision in 1988, the US Supreme Court was looking to protect cops, not dumpster divers. Nonetheless, their ruling is the overall US law, unless a municipality specifically makes trash picking illegal.

“Paghat the RatGirl” on dumpster legalities Well thought through for the US.

Bargainshare Discussion on Dumpster Diving Legality

Dumpster Diving and Privacy Law A Massachusetts lawyer’s rather negative take on the freedom to go through the trash.

Reprint of Full Disclosure Article What Detroit, Michigan has to say about dumpster diving.

FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin (reprint) How the FBI dives to get its goods, based on the 1988 Supreme Court decision.

You see Today I was told and shown proof of what might be a scandal within Racine County  Goverment, as I understand what information is being debated I will let others write the story, for IMHO it is one that needs to be written well and we need to read.

When it comes out I will share via Twitter-Facebook and Linkedin. I also understand that come Monday morning or before depending when Lawyers for the Black Bar owners read email they will have and are expected to act on the information. Who knows perhaps the RICO may drag in elected officials in Racine County.
What is shocking to me is how now under the Police State of Racine County if you seek  information or God forbid speak out on the leadership and your called a terrorist.
Wait A Terrorist for speaking out? For looking into the fun and games in Racine County?
Wow
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5 Responses to Dumpster Diving Terrorism and Jim Latwig

  1. Mr. Racine says:

    It’s the Dipsy Dumpster Kitty Terrorist!

    LOL!

    Corruption in Racine County is just BAU. “Business as usual.”

  2. Mr. Racine says:

    LOL!

  3. Privacy in the dumpster, not a chance !
    Why do you think paper shredders were made? Or better yet, burn your trash.

    Is Racine County Executive wife Debra Ladwig working at a store that sells pot pipes and bongs?

    Why is the county spending tax dollars to thwart drug use when it appears that the county exec’s wife is working at a store selling products to encourage the use of drugs. WTF !

    • I myself am interested in WHEN she started working there,you are right about our drug issues in Racine County unless of course you can make $$ from the poor addicts be interesting to read the story I know I hope to soon reed the Executives Economic interest form.
      As this story get out and other info discovered be more questions

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