Pricey Trash Cans Stolen From City Streets

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Someone is stealing trash cans from Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin reports 50 trash cash cans have been snatched off the streets. They are worth about $1,000 each.

“It seems very odd to me that somebody would be running around stealing the cans from the streets of Pittsburgh,” Peggy Ferber, of Pittsburgh, said. “I mean, we need those cans. We paid for those cans.”

The city paid $250,000 for 250 back in 2009. The cans are made of iron.

City leaders are trying to determine why it took Public Works employees almost four months to find out why they had so many missing garbage cans.

Pittsburgh Police are trying to figure out who stole the cans and where they sold them for scrap. The cans are worth about $1,500 to $2,000 at scrap yards.

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  1. bruceUSA says:

    Public Works or Public Jerks ’cause obviously they’re not “on the job”!!! “Out to Lunch”is more like it!!. But let’s not dare fire a union employee!!! Light up another “doobie” boys and let the good times roll. Union’s got your back!!! Oh did I say that??? We’ll (tax payers) buy more trash cans Huh Luke???

    1. Montavious says:

      I believe many of you need to reread the comment….”the cans” plural could fetch $1,500 to $2,000…not EACH….meanining the whole heist may fetch that much….

      1. StanIam says:

        I think they are talking about the initial price of the can and not how much the thief can sell the cans for.

        My question would be who is buying these? Prob reselling them to garbage co as new and unused surplus. LOL

      2. ThinkingMan says:

        A thousand dollars for a $hit can? Only in the city of Pittsburgh are the voters stupid enough to allow this to happen without raising the roof on the city building over it! I’m glad it’s your taxes paying for these ‘elite refuse containers’ and not mine. I grin everytime I see you folks in Pittsburgh taking another hit, you bring it on yourselves at the polls.

    2. DAVE says:

      I’VE NEVER HEARD SO MUCH TRASH TALK IN ALL MY LIFE!

    3. Andrew P. says:

      dude, i don’t know why you had to bring a “doobie” into this. What do you have against “doobies”? Were you molested by a “doobie” as a child?

      1. bruce brinkmann says:

        Dude? The main thing I have against “doobies” is they tend to create liberals instead of conservatives.

      2. Mayor Stupidstal says:

        I am the smartest and best looking mayor on earth. You stupid people need to stop complaining and sending me more money so I can buy more stuff like thee cans…..15.00 a hr parking should fund it

  2. Oops says:

    Well, now that everyone knows how much money they can get for one, I doubt this article actually does the city much of a service. I suspect they’ll disappear even faster now.

    1. Steve says:

      I doubt that at $15-$20 bucks a piece, they will start to disappear that fast.

      1. JB says:

        That’s $1,500 to $2,000 apiece, moron. Read the article.

      2. Neil says:

        Hey JB.. YOU read the article.. the trash cans NEW cost $1,000.. The 50 stolen cans are worth $1,500-$2,000 total!!!!!

    2. Franklin says:

      “They are worth about $1,000 each”. That’s a direct quote from the article. Note the word “each”. For $1,000, I will teach you how to read, just ask me.

      1. nunya in ct says:

        They cost a total of 250K for 250. That’s 1K each. Disgusting that lowlifes steal them. You know it’s OBAMA supporters, and not Conservatives who steal them.

  3. Mommy says:

    More brilliance brought to you by city leadership. Why the hell would anyone spend that kind of cash on trash cans?? Oh wait…..I forgot how easy it is for big gov libs to spend other people’s tax money.

    We are in serious trouble folks…..throw the bums out!

    1. Phil says:

      So correct. It’s easy to justify spending other people’s money (after taking it from them first, of course)

    2. TomS says:

      The voters are donkeys. They’ll never vote the bums out.

  4. Oscar the Grouch says:

    Put a couple of plastic rubbermaids out on the corner. That’s classy.

    1. shoppegirl says:

      THAT IS THE ANSWER…. PLASTIC.. CHEAP PLASTIC! DODO BIRDS….

      1. Sheila Thomas says:

        So you think the only alternative to $1000 garbage cans is plastic rubbermaid? You are an idiot. Common sense says that $1000 is too much for one garbage can and common sense says that you can come up with a “classy”, functional garbage can for far less that $1000. What is classy today, however, is to make the most from taxpayer money and not squander it. Politicians do not think in these terms and it will never happen in Pittsburgh. Democrats run the show here and it’s all about more and more taxes and spending your way into the hearts of all unions. People in Pittsburgh are too stupid to realize that unions want your money in their pockets. Period. The teachers say they just want to teach–but will strike if they have to pay an extra $10 a month for their own health care. Bus drivers say they are worried about poor people not being able to get to work without buses, but their nonsustainable wages have ruined the bus system and will strike before they will ever give up the cadillac health plans that most people will never know. You better believe Ravenstahl gave that garbage contract to a buddy. He is as rotten to the core as Rendell and as arrogant. Wake up people!

      2. BigdogF350 says:

        The big blame to this metal ordeal is trade with China. China will pay the big bucks for the metal. which they also pay a worker very small wages to produce a product. also blame the Big Corp. for sending those Jobs to other countries. If you look for the Deal then Look at where its made… Wake up American. I Pledge………think

      3. Andrew P. says:

        @bigdogF350: If you want to blame large corporations for sending jobs overseas, you should also blame democrats in congress for taxing the be-jesus out of corporations. Corps are out to make money – they are a business after all. So when our Govt decides to increase taxes (yes, even with all the loopholes), a business has a choice: stay in the US and make less profit (thus angering shareholders), or take jobs outside of the US (thus angering short-sighted liberals). That’s the problem with my state – CA. California has been increasing business taxes, as well as levying sanctions on businesses, and then doesn’t understand why those same businesses leave the state.

  5. Daniel says:

    The city cannot fund it’s pension plan and we have large potholes and city leaders spend a quarter of a million dollars on garbage cans? Totally stupid if you ask me.

  6. kristy says:

    i’m surprised it’s taken this long for them to disappear. with everything else that the mioney could have been spent on – expensive garbabe cans?! come on. there are idiotic people running this city, huh? “city of champs?” how about “city of chumps.”

  7. Doug says:

    How can a garbage can be worth $1500? Someone got taken to the cleaners!

    1. Mister Byz says:

      ***How can a garbage can be worth $1500?***

      It all depends on who you buy it from. Special friends of special people get to charge special prices. Here’s a question — did they ever exist AT ALL? Or were they “bought” on paper but never actually purchased?

      1. Andrew P. says:

        Uh, they probably existed. I mean, it’s a public trash can. That’s a rather common occurrence in major cities. But I do see your point..

  8. Chris says:

    ummm seeing how iron is currently 225-400 dollars a GROSS TON in Pittsburgh i dont think these reports understand math… or those are some super heavy trashcans if they are going for 1.5-2k a pop

    1. Bill Slugg says:

      That was 1.5-2k for the mess of them that was missing I believe.

  9. amazed at the idiots says:

    I am amazed that everyone in the news clip is completely clueless about real life, shocked that people steal, shocked that someone would take something of value off the street and sell. I’m always shocked at the stupidity of people in government and their lack of real understanding of how the world works.

  10. lunkhead57 says:

    Let’s face it…TV Deuce and the PG are the company mouthpieces for the city of Pittsburgh. Amazing that this would make the Deuce at all. Nitwits run the city and vapid nitwits report upon the city.

  11. john says:

    Ferber thinks it’s odd. Really? Is she from another planet? Wake up, girl!

  12. john garbageo says:

    If I could get 2k for a can Id take one too To pay 500 for one in the first place, must be union made!!!!!!!

    1. TedN says:

      You are correct, but there is more. I manufacture pumps for municipalities. The cost is high because the contract by the city dictates how its made. Therefore, no Home Depot can will work. Example:
      I.E. Must be made of solid iron/ forged steel. Must me made of USA sourced materials (this is a govt requirement if funded by Fed dollars). Must be assembled or welded by Union labor (local usually dictated). Must be finished (painted) in 50 year rated coating.

  13. nostromo says:

    I live in Western PA close to Pgh. and I can tell you the dumbest Democrats of earth run this area. They are nothing but thugs who steal elections and hire their relatives for government jobs.

    1. Fun Damental says:

      It’s the Chicago way … and the Detroit way. Pittsburgh will look like “Detroilet” soon enough … garbage everywhere and no place to put it. Taking America apart piece by piece ~ slowly and surely until there will be no more great American cities, just huge open sewers. Time to wake up folks.

  14. J says:

    Aren’t there trash cans made out of concrete? Those would be hard to steal…but I guess those are not aesthetically appealing and wouldn’t be a talking point the next election. “City Beautification Project Champion…vote for me”

    1. Karl says:

      There are a dozen of them surrounding every McDonald’s. They never get stolen and, while not the high style of wrought iron, they are not eyesores.

  15. ben says:

    Where was Ben Rapelisberger?

  16. Obama69Michelle says:

    O…..K…..

    1100 for a glorified trash can? More corruption about to be uncovered I think. What a bunch of losers.

  17. Crunch says:

    Union made with Union Math. Your right they probably never existed, were never really made and only exist in union and politician wallets.

  18. Mitch Rapp says:

    Yep, let’s go broke buyiing garbage cans!
    Put a sign on the rist Good for 2500.00 at the salvage yard
    get the welfare recipients to bag the garbage to collect their checks

  19. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    “The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” – Margaret Thatcher http://911essentials.com

  20. Rob Freeman says:

    OMG, can our f’in public workers/politicians get any more stupid?????? They paid $1000????? JAIL!!!

  21. USNSPARKS says:

    Someone is definitely missing the boat here. The city pays $1000 per can and the cans can be sold for $1500 to $2000. Some smart city employee needs to start buying them and then selling them. Don’t waste money handing them to the tax payers. What a terrific money maker with little overhead.

    1. Steve says:

      You missed the boat…the cans (plural) can be sold for a total of $1500 to $2000 dollars, not individually.

  22. True2thereplublic says:

    Peggy Ferber sounds like Col. Jessep: from ” A Few Good Men”

    I Quote: “I mean, we need those cans. We paid for those cans.”

    For Pete sakes Pittsburgh is not Beverly Hills

  23. bryan says:

    Doesn’t seem like a very good return if they bought them only 2 years ago for 5 times what they’re worth.

  24. Bill Slugg says:

    pack it in, pack it out

  25. Bill Slugg says:

    Spend the money on remotely activated 50 cal machine guns that have radar that can identify litter floating to the ground. You probably won’t even have to kill one single guy, just get rid of the trash cans, clean the area once and the publicity alone would render the entire area spotless forever. Plus I think we should outsource the coding to Pakistan.

  26. gary bg says:

    these thieves are just doing their civic duty “reuse ,reduce,Recycle” lol

  27. Jeffrey says:

    They problably mean the big dumpsters is my best guess. ( like at apartment buildings where everyone can throw trashbags). This article is misleading I doubt they are ones like you have in your garage.

    1. Mister Byz says:

      No, they’re talking about the black metal ones with Luke’s electioneering slogan on the side. Special friends of special people get to charge special prices.

      Again, the question to ask is, was it so hard to notice they were missing because they never existed except on paper?

  28. Kevin says:

    The US is not only sad, it is pitiful today. It is quite sad how far the US has progressed (lmao @ all of you)- No really, I am. Oh, and by the way, the US will be bankrupt in your lifetime. Which means all of you living of the dole, will lose everything….

    1. Kevin's Mother says:

      Says Kevin, the lonely loser trolling American news sites? Guess what? We go bankrupt, you go bankrupt. Idiot.

  29. Sheila Thomas says:

    So you think the only alternative to $1000 garbage cans is plastic rubbermaid? You are an idiot. Common sense says that $1000 is too much for one garbage can and common sense says that you can come up with a “classy”, functional garbage can for far less that $1000. What is classy today, however, is to make the most from taxpayer money and not squander it. Politicians do not think in these terms and it will never happen in Pittsburgh. Democrats run the show here and it’s all about more and more taxes and spending your way into the hearts of all unions. People in Pittsburgh are too stupid to realize that unions want your money in their pockets. Period. The teachers say they just want to teach–but will strike if they have to pay an extra $10 a month for their own health care. Bus drivers say they are worried about poor people not being able to get to work without buses, but their nonsustainable wages have ruined the bus system and will strike before they will ever give up the cadillac health plans that most people will never know. You better believe Ravenstahl gave that garbage contract to a buddy. The odds that there is no political connection there is nil. He is as rotten to the core as Rendell and as arrogant. Wake up people!

  30. David Maxwell says:

    Hilarious, and an excellent glimpse into the bureaucrat mind. Instead of constructing an unmovable, but attractive, receptacle with an inexpensive easy to empty liner they lay two grand on the sidewalks of Pittsburg, and think nobody will steal it. Hello, anybody home.

  31. InTheBubble says:

    I checked the internet and found good looking Stone Tec 38-gallon cans of polymer/concrete for $300 for one. Buying 250 of them would bring the price to maybe $220, so that’s $55,000 total, for a savings of $195,000 over the iron cans. And these have no resale value, so nobody is going to steal them. It’s easy.

  32. Sister Honky Tonk says:

    Wouldn’t real strong PLASTIC containers serve the purpose instead of expensive metals or is that to sensible?

  33. Kmatayka says:

    More wasteful spending, buy cheaper garbage cans and chain them to something!!!

  34. Rob Freeman says:

    Maybe they could have spent an extra twelve bucks for a device called a chain?

    1. ~~M says:

      Nahh, they’d cut that and take that too.

  35. Rob Freeman says:

    damn, just got beat to that chain comment!😦

  36. Thomas says:

    More evidence that government has become the enemy of the people.

  37. Puhleeezzeee says:

    Here’s a City Clowncil prediction……..”We are purchasing GPS chips to imbed in our remaining garbage cans to track them in the event anyone else steals them.” The chips will cost a few hundred each. They’ll open a department just to track the cans. Don’t you worry taxpayers! They are taking care of BUSINESS!

  38. Parker says:

    You can get a 300lb cast concrete/pebble public can for $250 (in bulk orders). And no one would want to steal them.

    1. nunya in ct says:

      That’s true, they are ugly.

  39. Richard Adams says:

    Who says that you are not paying to much for the trash collection? $1000 for a trash can. Oh….we can’t cut anything we have to raise your taxes. POS!

  40. Snuf L. Upagus says:

    I know who did it!!! Put out a BOLO for Oscar the Grouch… last seen on Sesame Street.

  41. Gnarly says:

    Fire the public works guys. They are useless. Check the Oak Hill neighborhood. That is where the criminals live

  42. ~~M says:

    Hilarious.

  43. StanIam says:

    Dang who let that contract? That much for a garbage can. Mine cost 35 bucks and they are mine…forget about the hammer, toilet seat and mr coffee…go after these wasteful folks immediately. I smell a kickback, a brother-in-law contractor.

    Directly or indirectly the customer is paying for it. You’ve been had yet again…are you going to do anything about it?

  44. chopper says:

    Thats what youins pittsburgers get for electing a child as mayor……..

  45. chopper says:

    Thats what youins picksburgers git …………for having children run your city.

  46. d b smith says:

    chain them to your mayors head, and you won’t have far to toss him, after the next elction.

    Right into the $2000 dumpster…….

  47. Twiblue1 says:

    What idiot would put designer $1000 trash can out in the street unsecured?

  48. Forest G. says:

    Mamma always said, stupid is as stupid does.

  49. TrashMan says:

    They should just get some surplus oil barrels and decorate them. Paint them with the Ciity’s logo in a variety of cool colors, much less than $1,000.

    Then, to make up for not spending so much up front, they should wait until the winter and then fill them up with taxpayer cash and burn it for warmth.

  50. Templar X says:

    Public employees tend to be quite lazy; it just must have been too difficult to report the garbage cans as missing. Or, perhaps these public works employees just stole and sold the cans themselves.

  51. Bubba says:

    $250,000 could have bought a really nice shrimp boat. Do you want me to tell you a little about shrimp? Do you have shrimp in Pittsburgh?

  52. Marvin Lewis says:

    WHO DEY!

  53. Dummy says:

    Why Iron Trash Cans? isn’t there a cheaper metal they could use? like Aluminum? maybe even Carbon Fiber?

  54. guest guest says:

    Typical Government Spending! It would not be surprising to learn that the purchase was a sweetheart deal with a favored contractor and that the thefts were an inside job by Government employees.

  55. JJ says:

    Here is a large cast-iron trash can for $490, half the price city hall paid. I bet if you bought 250 of them you would get a discount as well. One grand per trash can should draw the ire of voters and an investigation.

    http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUS344&q=iron+trash+cans&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=7235876513452099427

    1. Cans-O-Gold says:

      You didn’t include cost of delivery of the heavy cans, and cost of installatiion to keep them stable even in strong wind.

  56. Philip says:

    You all got it wrong. 250k Installed. $100 each purchase price.. $900 each UNION INSTALLATION.. Typical construction %50 material %50 labor. Union rules %10 material %90 or more labor..

    1. resident says:

      KEEP OUR UNIONS!!!!! If the city gets away with spending $1,000 dollars on trash cans, it has nothing to do with a UNION. It has to do with POLITICANS, unions protect us from the politicans. (NOTICE ALSO that the garbage cans have a plaque made with the mayor’s name, lLUKE RAVENSTAHL) secured onto every can. Why was it necessary to add that onto the cans??? Does he think he will be mayor for the life of the iron can?? Insanity spending

  57. Oscar Grouch says:

    The city got hosed and wasted public funds if they paid $1,000 each. The cans are not even solid and offer no privacy for those who dwell in them.

  58. tuvtoo says:

    lol, thats just too funny when you think about it.
    http://www.real-privacy.int.tc

  59. Joseph says:

    Mexicans doing the work gringos won’t.

  60. Anna Hall says:

    I think we are focusing on the wrong thing here. What is truly outrageous isn’t that people are stealing these cans, it’s that the city actually paid $1000 dollars for them! Those cans better be made of titanium alloy and last 1000 years for kind of money….

  61. Joedy says:

    One man’s garbage is another man’s gold!!!

  62. Paul says:

    “City leaders are trying to determine why it took Public Works employees almost four months to find out why they had so many missing garbage cans.”

    Really people? We live in this region and we’re going to pretend we don;t know the answer to this is that the public workers are the ones stealing the cans?

    I lived in the city’s end for more than 20 years and I can put you together a novel size list of thing I’ve seen public employees steal from the city and distribute to their family and well connected friend. From concrete and asphalt to build patios, basketball courts and redo driveways at their homes, picnic tables and other outdoor furniture intended for city parks and public spaces right, lumber and other building materials on down to road salt and services and a thousand other things in between.

    And just trying reporting it and see what happens when the people who are suppose to be responsible for stopping the theft are related to those who are doing the stealing.

    1. Jeff Wahlen says:

      very sad yet very, very true.

  63. Jack says:

    Just use 50 gallon plastic drums with the top cut off. And 20 pounds of cement in the bottom.

    Problem solved.

  64. JohnDD says:

    If I ever told my wife I was going to spend $1,000 on a trash can she would shoot me….but then, I don’t have taxpayer money to spend.

  65. Curiousgeorge says:

    I really feel sorry for you folks in the cities. I sincerely do. Must be a terrible life. Do me and the rural areas a favor – STAY THERE.

    1. farms4n00bs says:

      Have fun cow tipping, and drinking you fracking (nat’l gas drilling) contaminated water then. I’ll keep my mini and my macbook.

  66. Jeff says:

    Why should they care? …one less trash can to empty.

  67. pineapple don says:

    I’m not going to comment on unions or the democrats of Western PA, as most of you have written about what a racket both of them are, my only comment is that it won’t matter if you put concrete, stainless steel, copper, or iron trash cans out on the streets of Pittsburgh because our nation’s future just throws the trash on the ground, no matter that there’s a trash can two foot away .. that’s what welfare has given this country.

  68. Jeff Wahlen says:

    I’m curious. What criteria was considered to decide on the lucky recipients? Only 250 in a city that numbers in the hundreds of thousands? What special clique received such delightfully expensive trash bins? Some elected alderman’s neighborhood only?

  69. Larry H. says:

    Who is/are the idiot(s) in City hall that would spend $1,ooo each for
    trash cans. Iron ones at that? Don’t hey know that someone has to
    pick them up and dump them. They could have bought plastic ones
    for $25.00

  70. Jason Jasper says:

    A quarter of a million dollars for only 250 cans?!
    What the heck? This is the real story.

    Why couldn’t these be made of recycled plastic? They’d last longer in Phiiliy’s weather, not be stolen and cost a fraction of the amount.

    IDIOTS!

    http://RightWingStuff.com

    1. Jason Jasper says:

      ….sorry, Pittsburgh.

  71. Jon Smith says:

    Sounds like Geno’s rehab is coming along nicely…

    1. Dave Marshall says:

      That’s Disco Dan’s unconventional training for ya…

  72. resident says:

    Yep, that’s the city—Paying $1,000 dollars for 1 garbage can. and TOTAL COST WAS $250,000 dollars. quarter of a million. I could live on that for a long, long time. But MAYOR LUKE, ordered them and DID YOU NOTICE HIS NAME ON THE PLATE OF EACH CAN!!! says taking care of BUSINESS, LUKE RAVENSTAHL MAYOR (LOOK ON IT). concrete ones would have been better, (or any other kind) & we are supposed to be “green”, saving money etc. the only thing green on those cans was the color of the paint. SAD

  73. Jonny Paul says:

    I will build them classy replacements with lojack built into them for the low low price of 950 dollars each, based on a 50 piece minimum.

  74. WhatTheHeck says:

    The junkyard is just as criminal as the thieves. How could the salvage yard not know these were city cans with the markings? I think these iron trash receptacles cried out stolen even without Duke Lovenstall’s plaques.

  75. MustafaJohnson says:

    A dimocrat candidate in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County can kill three people, beat his wife, rape a woman, kick his dog, set fire to the church, rob a bank and still get elected by a 3 to 1 margin. 80 years of Dimocrat rule and still going strong. You deserve what you get and more. You want the party of unions and freebies so sit back and enjoy it…..hopefully the next cans will be made of gold.

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