'Scrappers' scouring curbside garbage lucrative and legal
Every day, almost 900 tonnes of garbage is sent to the Waterloo Region Landfill.
Kathleen Barsoum of Waterloo Region’s waste management division says there’s nothing illegal about scrapping. “As long as the stuff is getting recycled, that is the goal,” she says.
Sunday evenings often produce the best hauls. “Most people clean up on the wekeends,” says Vere. “We can get a lot and – I have a storage unit, I’ll put some in there – and we can go back out on Sunday night because people put their stuff out at different times.” So what do they pick up?
“Anything that is recyclable, that has a motor in it,” says Vere. “Anything with a piece of metal in it. E-waste such as electronics, TVs, VCRs, fridges, stoves. “