I happen to agree with much of what you've said Erick.
It's hard to do anything without at least something of a support system.
Telling people who are in danger of, or have lost their housing to go out and collect cans is asinine.
People who do that get into fights, and beat the **** out of each other over a freakin' can or bottle.
I just looked, and the going rate back in 2008 for a pound of aluminum was between .20 and .90 cents a pound....let's say today it's a big buck a pound....It takes 32 cans to make a pound.
At that rate, if you collected 1000 (that's one thousand) cans a DAY, you'd make a few cents over $31.00
If you could manage to find 100 cans an hour, each and every hour, you'd have to work 10 hours a day, not counting the time it takes to bring that load to the recyling place....which is way the hell out of the way, and no one will let you on a bus with a thousand cans. Even if you could get on a bus with that mess it could take hours of your time on top of your 10 hours work to get your money.
Yeah Miller, you try to live on $31 a day, sticking your hands into all kinds of **** to pick up a thousand cans, each and every day, while dozens of others are trying to do the same thing.
An RN working in a hospital makes that or more in an hour.