Could someone please reference the Supreme Court case on garbage. I'd never heard of that ruling.
And define garbage. Just because I put something by the curb on garbage day doesn't necessarily mean that I have abandoned it. For instance, In one city where I lived, they have a very aggressive recycling program. We had recycle bins to put recyclables in. That material...cans, bottles, metal, etc...belonged to the refuse company as soon as I put it by the curb. And the amount of recyclables had a huge bearing on what next year's refuse rate was going to be. Moreover, there was a local ordinance that made it unlawful for anyone other than the refuse company to take any of that material. And the ordinance was strictly enforced.