A short news piece on “trash outs.”

I’d never heard the term before, but apparently it’s a service banks pay for to deal with all the stuff left behind when people vacate a foreclosed home. I’ve yet to own a home of my own and I’ve always managed to survive to the end of the lease on any of the apartments I’ve ever rented so I can’t imagine having to pack up and decide what to leave behind and what to take, but the amount of stuff left behind is amazing to me. Check the video:

The sad part is that a lot of that stuff is still in good shape and could be donated to charities, but the crews move so quickly that often times the charities can’t get their fast enough to pick the stuff up before it’s hauled to the dump. I saw a pretty nice dining table I could put to use being trashed in that clip.

Found over at Boing Boing.

2 thoughts on “A short news piece on “trash outs.”

  1. That clip just made me depressed.

    From the point of view of the contractors who are payed to blitz the foreclosed homes, time is money, but when you see the what people have left behind it is quite shocking.

  2. They should list them on Craigslist as a “come grab anything not bolted down free for all”. When things are listed in the free section of the Denver craigslist, people usually start showing up within the first 15 minutes.

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