posted on May, 18 2012 @ 08:42 PM
What if we do what we used to do... offer a return deposit on recyclables... glass, paper, plastics. A lot of states still do this today.
I remember as a kid going up and down the road picking up bottles to turn in for money or credit on purchases. Even in college back in the early
1980s, we went around collecting bottles for beer money.
We cleaned up the roadsides and made money too.
Now a days, people are doing the same with scrap metal. It's hard to find a junked car sitting in the woods these days.
This way, the more you pick up, the more you make... everybody wins. There are actually some career scrapers...aka Sanford and Son, that make a living
picking up and selling scrap and recyclables around our county. On certain days they will be by the golf course picking up golf balls, other days you
see them picking up cans or hauling a trailer load of rusty scrap washing machines and engine blocks.
As for food, if you ever go homeless... live behind a grocery store. On the good side, farmers are always scavangers buying old, stale bread for hog
feed or bags of trimmings and culled veggies from the supermarket for livestock.
Further, there are those that make a living refitting old building materials... beams and bricks from old textile plants to planing wood siding a
hundred years old and building furniture or flooring.
On a personal level, you can literally build a house and furnish it with stuff from the dump. I built 2 barns and only bought the tin roofing... have
reused furniture from the dump for yard furniture and whimsical rest stops along paths around my farm...
To do the above successfully, you need 2 things... an open and creative mind and a willingness to work. Cleaning up and refurbishing lumber takes some
work. Usually a nice afternoon, a 6 pack, a crow bar, hammer and patience will yield a pile of 4 foot 2x4s, a stack of 8 foot 2x4s or 2x6s, sometimes
some sheets of plywood or OSB board, and a bucket of nails and wood screws....
And it saves a lot of money.