I am going to be totally honest, I have taken things out of the trash here. Mind you I am not dumpster diving and going through bags and all that horrible stuff, but I have seen people throw out completely fine things, like furniture items and plants. It might seem gross to some people, but if you are throwing away something that someone else can use ... rather than filling a landfill why is it so wrong for them to take it I mean you did throw it out because you didn't want it anymore, Maybe I am reading this wrong, I don't think that it is okay for them or anyone to be opening the bags and rooting through the kitchen scraps and if thats what they are doing ... that is a problem. But if you are throwing out a perfectly fine set of shelves you shouldn't really be surprised if someone picks it up. I am sitting in one of the best glider chairs I have ever come across as I type this, it came out of the trash, absolutely nothing was wrong with it, the screws on the arms needed to be tightened ... and that took all of 20 seconds, we gave it a once over with cleaner and some febreeze (not that it smelt bad). Whoever threw it out lost a really great chair, whoever threw out the potted plants they thought were dead really are missing out on some beautiful flowers and greenery and I would have to say I enjoy the table on my porch.