Week of 2.2.07
King of the Cans
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Meet Eugene Gadsden, a man who makes his living one nickel at a time collecting and redeeming bottles and cans. Through Eugene's life, we get an insider's peek at an underground economy in which armies of scavengers pick up some of the $91 million worth of bottle deposits New Yorkers often leave on the streets. Eugene, who has become something of a leader in his field, has collected enough bottles and cans to rent his first apartment, which he's furnished with treasures found in the trash.
Video: King of the Cans
We met Eugene through "Picture the Homeless," a group founded and run by homeless people whose motto is "don't talk to us, talk with us."