I don’t know if this happens all over the city but it’s certainly a common practice on the LES. Every day, people with rolling cart (mostly Chinatown residents) dig through trash cans and recycle bins looking for recyclables that are worth cash (i.e. glass and plastic). It’s totally norm to see a tiny, aging someone sporting work gloves and rolling a cart weighed down with several huge bags of bottles.
It may not be the most glamorous or lucrative gig, but it’s definitely competitive. The end of day lines at the recycling machines at the Key Food are enough to prove this. They know when trash day is for which streets and if you paid attention you could probably predict just when and where you’d see your local salvager. Also, I get the feeling like it’s kind of a turf thing. Everyone has his or her own area and knows not to encroach on another’s spaces.
Anyway, I was walking a dog today and he did his business like usual. I picked it up and was about to toss it when I noticed out normal disposal receptacle had been moved. Hm. I waited until the next corner to throw it out but there happened to be a scavenger busily digging through the trash can.
My question: Would it be rude of me to toss a bag of dog poo in the can while she’s rummaging through it?
As much as I’d try to avoid throwing it on her or near where she is digging, it feels like the equivalent of walking into her office and throwing a bag of shit on her desk.
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