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San Diego neighborhood tired of dumpster divers

Posted: 6:34 AM, Mar 11, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-11 16:00:50Z
SAN DIEGO -- A University Heights man is tired of playing janitor. 
 
"They basically take everything out of my trash can, and if they don't like it, they put it on the floor and either take what they do like or they're just being mean and throwing my garbage on the ground," Jason Berger said. 
 
Berger took several pictures that show the disaster a group of dumpster divers leave behind on a regular basis. Berger says that when he and his neighbors put their garbage out, the dumpster divers have a heyday. Berger added that he doesn't think the people are homeless either. 
 
"Maybe early 20s, something like that," Berger said. "But they were wearing nice jeans, guys had belts on. One of them was talking on a cell phone." 
 
He also says the trash isn't all they leave behind. 
 
"So one time I had to clean up after someone decided to go number two back there. And I had to put some gloves on and wipe up someone else's poop," Berger said. "That was the worst I've ever found." 
 
It's a big problem that plagues all his neighbors and it doesn't seem to be going away. 
 
"When we moved in it only took about four or five months until a bike was stolen. From that moment on I've caught people peeing. I've caught people going through the trash." 
 
He says he's also found packages of meat, candy and even underwear left behind. 
 
"It's very gross," Berger said. 
 
The City of San Diego encouraged residents to take appropriate actions to secure trash and recycling bins; however, modifications should not compromise the integrity of the bins.  It does invalidate the warranty on the bins if they are modified to the point where they cannot be properly used.  They also remind everyone to be sure to unlock the bins on collection day.