How Much Do Those People Who Collect Bottles Earn?

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Today, the Times brings us a tale of a magical place on McDonald Avenue in Brooklyn: The Thrifty Redemption Center. There are no fairies or unicorns here. There are no elves or hobbits or whatever the nerds are into these days. No, what makes Thrifty so magical is that they'll pay you 6 cents for a recyclable can or bottle. It's enough to attract can-and-bottle collectors from around the borough. How much do those guys (and girls) make, by the way? One full-time scavenger says he earns about $400 a week, and more during holidays. [NYT]