New Obsession

Trash surfing for recycling bottles and cans.  I’m addicted to it.  I like it because it’s casual.  I’m not fishing around in trash cans, making noise, getting filthy dirty.  I just surf the top of the trashcan.  I carry one little grocery sack or maybe no bag at all and I get a few cans at a time.  I feel like it’s not as “homeless” or should I say, “homeless drug addict” looking.  Just a nice middle aged woman saving the planet through recycling.

Do I make a lot of money at it?  Absolutely not.  But I can do it at my convenience.  With the kind of work I do, I’m in different parts of town during the day so usually I just check the public trashcans at the local park.

I made $3.58 yesterday on bottles I casually collected over about 4 days.  You get a voucher that you can redeem at the grocery store.  I think I can get cash for it.  I saved my voucher.  I’m going to try to get $20 worth then cash them all at once.  There’s something I need that costs around $20 and I haven’t been able to figure out how to get the money out of my current income.  I have to be careful with the vouchers though.  They are only good for 30 days.  I wonder why that is.  Annoying.

I ate a nice meal at Cs house last night (pictured above).  Gourmet Sloppy Joes but with quinoa rather than buns.  Very tasty!  Just think, The Cobra gave up nice meals like this.  I’m sure C would have fed her too from time to time, if she could have pretended to be a human a little longer.

Speaking of The Cobra, I ran into a former friend of hers the other day.  She burned him too, naturally.  He gave me some really interesting and potentially useful information about her and her situation.  

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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One Response to New Obsession

  1. Ryu says:

    I’m glad you’ve found a new hobby! Hopefully it becomes more profitable.

    I think alot of places just offer can recycling as a service to the customers. It’s a pain for them. Perhaps they hope you’ll lose the vouchers or they fear forgeries.

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