Ever since Hurricane Irene, I've noticed that the iron street garbage containers are missing on almost every corner here in Crown Heights. I thought that they were removed because of the hurricane, and the credible concern that the cans themselves could be the cause of damage to persons or property. But that was some time ago. Now I'm wondering if they were stolen to be sold as scrap metal. Some years ago I read an article in the New York Press that metal highway medians were often taken for the dollar value they have as scrap metal.
Sadly, now in Jamaica, this has become a major problem. Iron manhole covers, bars covering windows, etc, are stolen to be sold as scrap metal to China.
I'm wondering if anyone has a better explanation for the 'Mystery of the missing containers'.