RIP, KCMO Trash Scavengers

By HANNAH ZIMMERMAN

The age of front-yard dumpster-diving may be over in Kansas City, Missouri, when the Bulky Item Collection Program turns to appointment only next month. Kansas Citians on the Missouri side will have to be a bit cleverer in their plots to pounce on questionable-stain covered couches and mattresses peppered in fleas that sit on front yards for big trash day.

Back in March, the city decided to save $350,000 by turning its Bulky Item Collection Program into appointment only. The change signals the death of a Kansas City scavenging tradition. Big trash day in KCMO has for years signaled the arrival of those with pickups or a spacious trunk — and unafraid of some unidentifiable funk – and would take to the streets and swipe what could be salvaged before the trash men came. Move that rotting piece of wood covered in maggots and you just might discover a baby stroller that, with a bath of pure bleach and some duct tape, could be usable.

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