facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

French mayor bans 'Dumpster-diving'

Oct. 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM   |   Comments

NOGENT, France, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The mayor of an affluent Paris suburb says as a result of recent incidents citizens are being banned from digging through other people's trash.

Nogent Mayor Jacques Jean-Paul Martin said a new law, among other things, bans digging through garbage bins -- what is often called "Dumpster-diving" -- as a means of protecting public health and safety, Radio France Internationale reported Friday.

Martin said the trash bin scavengers are looking for items they can sell.

"These are not people looking for food," he said. "There are structures in place to help people in need."

Communist Party Councilor William Geib said the law unfairly targets the poor and hungry.

"It's clearly a way for the mayor to up the ante," Geib said. "The only thing that needs to be done now is to quite simply ban poverty altogether in Nogent."

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Thai woman posts more than 12,000 selfies
2
Albino crocodile named for Michael Jackson shot dead after eating fisherman
3
Atlantic City casino loses $21,000 cash left on roof of armored truck
4
Man fakes suicide to get out of engagement to long-distance fiance
5
Woman finds 3-foot-long boa constrictor in used car trunk
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback