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One man's trash ...

May 22, 2008 - Rob Weaver
Perhaps it's a sign of tough economic times. Or maybe it's a signal that recycling really is catching on. But two stories about thefts involving material often considered waste products have appeared on our newspaper pages recently.

One incident involved the theft of scrap metal from a barn. Actually, the local story was about the property owner who thwarted the theft of the metal from his barn.

The other story concerns the theft  of used french fry grease. Not long ago, the old cooking oil may have been considered a waste, and a hazardous one, at that. Now, the used grease is stolen by rustlers who convert it to biodiesel fuel.

These days,  the grease is only considered a hazard if it contains trans fats.

So far, I haven't heard of any thefts involving landfills. Perhaps it's only a matter of time before someone attempts to mine the closed landfill near CR 43 and CR 38.

Meanwhile, junkyard dogs had better be on alert.


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