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'Canners' Live Off Detritus Of New York

This invisible army is made up of young and old, men and women, jobless people, the homeless, immigrants who speak little English -- all with the same goal.
'Canners' Live Off Detritus Of New York

Via AFP:

Loaded down with huge plastic bags in decrepit shopping carts, they criss-cross New York night and day, scavenging trash bins for cans and bottles.

This invisible army is made up of young and old, men and women, jobless people, the homeless, immigrants who speak little English -- all with the same goal: recycle their finds to make a few bucks.

In this city of millionaires, there must be about 7,000 people living at the other end of the spectrum, says Ana Martinez de Luco, co-founder of Sure We Can, a center in Brooklyn where these so-called "canners" come to sort through their stuff an...

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