Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Bottle Bandits

I just happened to be coming home early from school today because my Wednesday group meeting got cancelled for the week, and noticed a number people in my neighbourhood on bikes laden with LCBO bags. Today is recycling day in my neighbourhood, and it appears that on recycling day, between 10-12, there are quite a few people going around houses and collecting the wine and beer bottles that have been put out for the deposit you can get at the beer store.

On the short walk from the subway to my house, I saw 4 bikes pass, each with attached baskets of bottles and at least 3 LCBO bags tied to the handlebars. On my street, I passed by a man rooting through my neighbour’s recycling bin and pulling out two wine bottles.

Now, I knew people did this, I mean, it's easy money if your broke, but I didn't realize just how many people in just one neighbourhood did. I'm also surprised a bit by the number of people who don't return their own empties for the change. I mean, I know it's not much, but since I'm going to go to the Beer store anyway, I might as well carry a few empties and save the $2.

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