Do Just One Thing for June 13, 2017

If your neighbors put out an old piece of furniture with their trash, is it illegal for you to take it? In 1988, there was a Supreme Court ruling that determined that once someone throws something out, it’s considered “public domain.” Unless the community you live in has passed an ordinance that makes the art of “dumpster diving” illegal, you are free to take it. But if the trash in question is in an enclosed area or has a sign clearly posted that says “no trespassing,” that could be considered illegal. When in doubt, just ask!

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