I think recycling is a big deal in and around the City of Boston. We have a large dumpster out back, that just about everything goes into. This includes TVs, computers, printers and air conditioners all of which, are NOT to be placed in the dumpster.
Then we have 3 other kinds of trash containers, used for recycling. One is for bottles/cans, another is used for paper and a 3rd one ( my favorite) is for all paper, cans and bottles.
Usually on Sunday AM, the "pickers" stop by and go through the bottles and cans, to take to the store for $$.
Some times, we'll see cars lined up outside our major dumster and people will be pulling bags of trash from the dumpster, sorting it and then saving what they "like" in the trunk of their car.
I once saw a man, take several bags of garbage from our dumpster, withoust even opening them and throwing the bags into the trunk of his car.
I also saw this same man, going through several books, page-by-page. I'll have to assume that ONCE he probably found some money in one of the books and still has high hopes of finding more.