Can Collecting

Bottle Collecting Turned Violent on the Lower East Side Last Night [VIDEO]

Posted March 7, 2017 at 5:00 am

Trash is treasure, and in the underworld of bottle collection, competition is cutthroat. Case in point, the scene outside Seward Park High School on Essex Street last night. This is a known grazing spot for the bottle collectors of the Lower East Side. The so-called “Bottle Queens.” Indeed, the garbage bags deposited here burst with […]

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This Lower East Side Photographer Spent a Year Chronicling Local Can Collectors

Posted May 28, 2015 at 5:15 am

Roughly nine years ago, we stumbled upon two elderly Chinese women reduced to fisticuffs while fighting over a can of refuse outside 88 Orchard Street. The two bottle collectors were battling over the rights to the cash-refundable contents within the trash. After the scuffle was broken up, both left the scene as if nothing happened. From that […]

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Department of Sanitation Now Seizing Carts of Cans and Bottles?

Posted November 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

The sight is as common on the streets of Chinatown as loogie-hocking pedestrians. Older Chinese women rummaging through garbage bags to snatch cans and bottles for a payday. Many of the collectors work at night, and often bring along their children. It’s a hyper-competitive climate that can get ugly.  We once witnessed two ladies battling […]

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