We have them here in my small town too. Just this past Wed. I sat my g/son/s beat up old bike to the curb by the garbage cans and it was gone within an hour. The week before it was an old vacuum cleaner.
I don’t begrudge the pickers though, if they can make an honest buck or two off discards, more power to them.
I read about a city though, Bombay? Calcutta? where they actually sell licenses for a small fee to the people who swarm their dumps.
Geez if I put my wife out by the curb will they take her....?