Life in the Gutters

As the concept of developing "green" habits continues to become a part of day-to-day life, it's no surprise that some find it hard to decipher what is and what isn't appropriate to recycle. Aluminum cans, paper, and cardboard all have a place in the recycling spectrum, but—contrary to one North Knoxville man's beliefs—freshly stolen gutters and siding do not.

According to a Knoxville Police report, officers were alerted of a suspicious man wandering the rooftop of an abandoned home on East Anderson Avenue. Once the man was located, he admitted that he had indeed seen the "no trespassing" sign on the property, but that he had been removing similar materials from homes all over Knoxville without any problems. When asked what use he had for the seven pieces of siding in his possession, the man claimed he was simply doing the structure a favor (and earning himself some extra cash) by recycling the torn-off aluminum.

Unfortunately, officers took the man into custody before he could move on to more unsightly home accents—such as lawn ornaments and seasonal flags.