The year 1983 in trash:
- December 6 - in Mexico, a local resident salvaged a discarded radiation therapy machine carrying Cobalt-60. This in turn contaminated another 5,000 metric tons of steel, some of which was sent to the USA and Canada.
- In a 1983 Minnesota case involving the theft of customer lists from a garbage can, Tennant Company v. Advance Machine Company, the owner of the discarded information, was awarded $500,000 in damages.
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