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  •  Agreed about the poverty. (18+ / 0-)

    Poverty, and abusing your own backyard, tend to go hand in hand. Perhaps I have not seen the worst parts of Oregon, because I tend to work on land owned by timber companies which is protected by massive locked gates.

    Plus the population is more spread out compared to the eastern states.

    •  Have you thought about the fact that poverty (5+ / 0-)
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      is perhaps the cause of the abuse (by these cretins).  Do you know how much these landfills are charging these days?  They're pretty much all owned by megacompanies with a monopoly.  When people don't have enough money for pay for food and medicine, paying to get rid of their trash is likely not a priority for them.

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:37:01 AM PST

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      •  In the area where I took these pictures, (2+ / 0-)
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        a free dumpster was nearby. And it was emptied during the 3 days I worked in that area, so it is being maintained.

        •  That's possible -remotely. I've never heard of (0+ / 0-)

          anyplace that provides free dumpsters.  Someone pays for them because I guarantee you the landfill is not taking the garbage for free and not providing the dumpsters for free.  So my guess is those dumpsters you think are free actually belong to some business or home owners association that is paying for them and would be prosecuting if others were to use them.

          "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

          by gustynpip on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 06:41:49 AM PST

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          •  Not remotely possible, but a reality (1+ / 0-)
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            in many rural areas. I see them all the time. County (or Parish in the case of Louisiana) governments provide them to deter people from dumping their trash illegally. After all, the towns have trash collection; so why can't the rural residents have a legal means to dispose of their waste?

            Of course it is not "free" because the service is paid through taxation. Sometimes a fee is added to the property tax bill to pay for the service, or each household is billed for it.

            •  Laziness a major factor as is the 'in your face' (1+ / 0-)
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              I posted below; I work in an archaeological/historic park.

              We have picnic sites and camping sites.

              They have trash cans at each site.

              A whole lot of people are too frigging lazy to walk even FIVE FEET to drop trash in a can. They'd rather just toss it on the ground.  

              When atlatls are outlawed, only outlaws will have atlatls.

              by wheeldog on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 08:17:55 AM PST

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