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Aggressive dumpster divers scaring people in Kootenai County

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KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho -

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure; the early bird gets the worm.

These old clichés sadly apply to this smelly situation.

“It should be the expectation that once you throw something out, it's thrown out,” Cathy Mayer said.

Mayer, the Solid Waste Director for Kootenai County, says the bold divers at rural landfills, such as the Mica Grand Rose Lake sites, are now aggressive.

In some instances, scaring people away.

“We've had numerous complaints from people in the public that were trying to deposit their waste into the containers at the site and the dumpster divers were there,” Mayer said.

With help from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Mayer says they’re adding patrols to those sites and installing surveillance systems at the main disposal sites.

“The funds that are leftover we will add them into the rural sites also,” she said.

In Kootenai County, dumpster scavenging is a misdemeanor and the penalty ranges from $1,000 fine to six months in jail.

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