I feel like I belong to a band of leaf-thieves!
I have to say though, most people will be pleased to know the leaves are going to a good cause.
Last fall we drove past one of my usual leaf-sites, a home where they use a mulcher so the leaves are nicely cut up and even mixed with a little grass...these are gourmet bags I'm talking about. Well, they had no bags out even though the trees were bare...hmmm. We drove around the corner and went through the alley. Suddenly I exclaimed, "Oh, **** it!" My husband says, "What, what?" I pointed my finger at the culprit--these people had started their own compost bin in their back yard. Phooey! there goes the neighborhood.
That's the problem, once people find out how great composting is they'll all start doing it and there won't be enough leaves for us!!! So let's try to keep the education at a minimum...
Another good leaf-thief story--I located one home in town with a very big collection of leaf bags. As we were loading them up, the owner came over. He was delighted, as he was about to load them up himself and take them to the dump. He waved happily as we left. When we got back, I noticed that these leaf bags were really, really good quality, I mean VERY heavy duty. Then I also noticed that some tears had been carefully repaired with duct tape. I said to my husband, "This guy is a recyler! He's been re-using these bags for years!" So I carefully emptied the bags of leaves into our bins, folded them all up and took them back to his place. No one was there, so I set them next to his driveway with a flat stone on top so they wouldn't blow away. I didn't get to talk to him again, but I just kept thinking how pleased this (obviously frugal) guy would be, to get his bags back! We environmentally conscious people (or in his case I guess PARTLY-conscious) folks have to stick together.