In my neighborhood, a spring, then summer ritual, is to watch pickup trucks cruise the alleys.
I think it is a sport, this alley cruising.
One man's trash is another man's treasure.
So we put out things not needed or wanted anymore and the scavengers show up and remove the treasures before the city waste crew can remove it.
To me it is a donation to an unknown family, all for free.
The items may be repaired or sold or broken down and used for parts.
Inspirations for invention can used from what is scrap for others.
Televisions, refrigerators, stoves, and furniture have been placed in the alley.
The next day they disappear.
I'm satisfied with the results since I wanted it removed anyway.
Some see these people as rats stealing scraps, but I see them as opportunist who realized a great deal and with a little effort and exploration, can find treasures.