It was reported in Crain’s New York Business in July that the City of New York loses a boatload of money each year to bottle and can scavengers. Roughly 70,000 tons of recyclable materials are taken from what the city expects to collect, which affects how much the city can sell. Less profit means less money in city coffers, which affects the provision of services. Yet Sanitation looks the other way when vans roll up and pick up thousands of cans and bottles from the yards of local scavengers. As this is happening in broad daylight and is costing the city money, we’d expect to see Sanitation Police do something about it. In addition, the “harmless” can collector trespassing on private property may turn out to be someone who is using that as cover to case out your home for a burglary attempt. Call 911 to report all cases of trespassing.