The deposit on bottles and cans is pretty high here. There was a time when collecting them was for children, but those days are over, it is now a serious business. The professional collectors have entered the market, and they have come a long way to sort through the garbage cans of Copenhagen.
Check out this super cool invention, making it possible to cover longer distances and keep the harvest safe.
He was not comfortable with me taking pictures of it, as witnessed by his anxious elbow. But it was too good to miss (I was seriously impressed, but the more I tried to explain it to him, the worse it got. I may have broken a number of unwritten rules right there).
Knowing this is someone's living, it is not unusual for people to leave their bottles behind on the ground or on the bench, to spare the collectors the humiliation of searching through the garbage cans. But they do anyway, of course, as every bottle counts.
This is the latest thing, a clever move. And good for the lakes too.
I had sort of gotten used to all that, but lately I have noticed elderly natives joining the collectors, and that really hurts. Living in Denmark is expensive because everything is taxed out of orbit, and because food prices are controlled by a few giant corporations, keeping them artificially high. The fact that people who have worked their whole life, and now deserve a break, have to go through the garbage to make ends meet, kills me. But I am afraid that it is only a matter of time before I will get used to the sight of that too.