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NOW "King of the Cans" | PBS

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. For more, visit NOW's report on homelessness "Home at Last?" at:
Length: 07:53


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