Better buy a shredder


Canadian police don’t need a warrent to investigate your trash, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today.



Thoughts on this privacy issue? On the one hand, I don’t like laws that inhibit rooting through garbage for the purpose of salvaging and reusing what might not be waste in the first place. On the other hand, being held accountable for one’s trash after it’s left out on the curb seems extreme.

Calling all trashies to weigh in.

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3 Responses to “Better buy a shredder”

  1. Victor Bernhardtz Says:

    Well, I do think that we should be hold accountable for our actions, including the stuff we throw away. Go Canada!

  2. Jen Says:

    Yes and Yes. I think if people want to pick out your recyclables and make $0.10 on them, they should be able to. As for secure documents, it’s just one more reason to backyard compost.

  3. Renee Says:

    I once was served with a $100 fine from the trash police. They claimed to have found my trash in the public corner receptacle on Eighth Ave (NYC). I defended my innocence to the judge. How can I control what happens to my garbage after I put it in the dumpster? There was not fault, there was no fine, now I always shred.

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