Here's a question I ask myself each morning on my way to work:
Why is that stove out on the street?
I am pretty sure it's a car-related issue. The people who chucked this thing out either don't have a car, or they're too lazy/cheap to rent a trailer and take it to the landfill. So they've reasoned (correctly) that within only a couple of months someoene else will take care of this.
I'm not sure if this goes for kitchen appliances, but when it comes to furniture it can easily be cheaper to buy a new sofa and have it delivered, than it is to rent a car and a trailer to get rid of the old one. This is unsettling even for a native, and drives immigrants up the wall. In many countries getting rid of stuff is free: When you put something on the street, it will have vanished magically in a matter of minutes, often enriching somebody in the process. Put something on the street here, and it stays there.
Unless it's a bicycle, of course, which will be nicked in no time no matter how cruddy it looks and how securely locked it is.
Too much stuff, too much stuff.
But, it seems, not enough bicycles, not enough bicycles.