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!