Clearing out a house is called a trashout. But people leave behind much more than trash. They leave computers, printers, flat-screen TVs, new furniture, children's toys — all the stuff that used to be so easy to buy on credit. Charities don't want it, and so it all goes in the dumpster.
—Margaret Wente, "America's house of cards — make that, credit cards," The Globe and Mail, October 4, 2008
Scott Johnson tries not to wonder what went wrong inside this three-bedroom home near Lawrenceville. His job is to landfill everything, from the leather couches to the "What Color Is It?" baby book.
He's the "trash out" man.
That's the common term — banks use the more polite "property preservation" — for clearing out and cleaning up foreclosed homes.
—Brian Feagans, "Debris hints at foreclosures' toll," The Atlanta Journal - Constitution, August 13, 2008
—Robin Chotzinoff, "Yo vermin! Hey trash-outs! Dave Emge is on the warpath. Clean up your act!," Denver Westword, January 19, 1994