As of late last year we were banned from pulling items for our town dump's metal and wood recycling bins. The stated reason was 'public safety' but it was fairly clear from the expressions on the faces of a few of our town's selectmen during the discussion that the whole idea of 'taking things from the garbage' was abhorrent to them.
One of them related the story of seeing some folks remove a 'soiled mattress' from one of the dumpsters. He feared that the town could be held liable for 'disease' if this form of reuse were allowed to continue.
While we generally love and respect the Victorians and their technology here at the Steampunk Workshop, we do think that our public officials need to have a more modern understanding of epidemiology.