More Bottles and Cans

I told you I’m obsessed.  I trashed surfed again today and got around 30 bottles/cans ($1.50 worth, or slightly more).  I would have gotten more.  While doing something else, I had scouted out an area that had about 10 bottles between 2 trashcans and they were all within easy reach.  Then I forgot about them!  Darn, those were easy pickings.

I keep writing about this topic because in a strange way, this is a big deal for me.  I feel like I’m breaking a barrier, doing this thing which I never thought I could do.  Yes, I’m doing it on my own terms.  I am not fishing around in the trash, mainly because I don’t want to get filthy dirty.  It is probably one of the filthiest thing you can do besides work in a sewer or something.  There’s often bags of dog poop in the trash (and God knows what else) and they STINK!.  I don’t want to fish through THAT.

The way I’m doing it, with a small grocery bag or sometimes no bag at all, I can get in this mindset that I’m just a nice middle aged woman recycling to save the earth.  I even said that to a guy I saw watching me today.  I was in a very affluent area.  He looked like a retired doctor or something.  He sort of smiled at me so I joked, “don’t call the cops!” and briefly told him I just surf the tops of the trash and joked that I’m trying to save the planet.  He was a good sport about it.  I’ve noticed, most very successful people are very liberal minded-they don’t get all wound up about dumb things.

I know it’s weird but I feel kind of like I’m panning for gold when I look for bottles and cans.  It’s FREE money just sitting there!  I got a similar high when I worked in sales and I sold something to someone.  I know, I’m a freak but sometimes it’s the little things in life that make it enjoyable.  And I truly believe the old saying that the best things in life are free.  I would rather bottle surf than hang out at a bar or something, that’s for sure.

Oh, and I like the place where I bring the recyclables.  Unlike the grocery store, they will take other plastics (and maybe glass) that the grocery stores won’t take.  Laundry detergent bottles are an example of this.  I need to delve into this more because I am still learning what I can bring there and what I can’t.  It will be a lot of trial and error.  Who knew there was a learning curve with recycling!  Oh, and when I was at the recycling center yesterday, the young man behind me held a woman’s place in line….then she had to leave so she left him all her bottles and cans!  It looked like around 5 dollars worth!  I was a little jealous but he said he was very broke so maybe he needed it more than me.

I hope some of you will try trash surfing for bottles and cans.  It’s kinda fun!

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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