We’ve recently written about the Scavengers of Brooklyn Heights, the ragtag crew of folks who rummage through neighborhood trash for cans and bottles and cash in on their deposit.
Area resident/WSJ writer Anne Kadet decided to find out what it’s like to be one of these urban bounty hunters:
WSJ: I picked Brooklyn Heights. I figured most of the locals were too busy and too wealthy to redeem their own bottles for nickels, and fussy enough to rinse their recyclables before tossing them.
What a bonanza. The folks in Brooklyn Heights can really drink! Starting on a quiet cobblestone street, I hit one jackpot after another.
In 45 minutes, I had sticky fingers, sore knees and six bags filled with craft-beer and Pellegrino bottles.
No one said a word. Joggers, businessmen and moms with strollers zipped by without a glance. I felt delightfully invisible. My dog groomer pretended not to recognize me.