I look at "trash" in our local alleys the same way some people look at yard sales. I can't help but stop to look. Is there anything there that I can use for a plant stand in my garden? So far, I have a stool, a little table, an old-fashioned wheelbarrow, and a picturesque window frame.
People with alleys behind their houses often put large items out as trash. Eventually, they'll call the city for a "large item pickup." But often, these items disappear long before trash day, benefiting everyone.