Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I noticed strangers going through my recycling bin. What should I do?

This illegal activity is called scavenging. By County Ordinance (Section 20.72.196 of the Los Angeles County Code), it is a misdemeanor and is punishable by fine and/or possible jail time.

For your own safety, do not confront the scavenger yourself. The County Sheriff's Department is responsible for enforcement of the Ordinance. If you notice scavengers in your neighborhood, please contact your local Sheriff's Department and provide them with any information that would be helpful for their investigation, such as vehicle license plate number, vehicle description, time, day, and any other pertinent details.

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