15 responses

  1. RB Boren
    March 17, 2011

    In states that have a ‘bottle bill’ there is an army of freelance can and bottle exterminators which roam the lamdscape in a neverending struggle to end infestations and reap cash.

    • admin
      March 17, 2011

      Wise move on their parts. If it pay well, then why not!

  2. Ravi Gupta
    March 17, 2011

    Interesting is the only word that comes to mind. I’m of the frugal sort so the only type of cans that I have are from canned beans. I read your other article and I have to agree that I would find it hard to justify using gas to drive those cans.
    However for $6.63 an hour it wouldn’t so bad if I could stockpile the cans for a couple months and then drive them all in one go. Hmm… You may be on to something here.

    -Ravi G.

    • Money Reasons
      March 17, 2011

      Actually this is my son’s project (he’s 10).

      He learns a little about entrepreneurship and get a little money in the process.

      It’s fun for him. As for dropping the cans off, the facility where we drop them off at is less than a mile from where I work, so no big expense there.

      I’ve been thinking about deducting the gas expense from his recycle revenue (feel funny using that word) just so he know what expenses are too.

  3. krantcents
    March 17, 2011

    This may be a metaphor for all the things we don’t want to do! For me it is cleaning out the garage. I deal with that by doing a small part once a week. It is my method to resolving it without spending hours or a day or two cleaning it out. I know it may equal the same amount of time, but it does seem easier!

    • admin
      March 17, 2011

      There is a lot of value in a smooth steady pace in such activities, that’s for sure.

      Once it’s freezing, I just don’t like to go out as much… too cold.

  4. The Fire Finder
    March 17, 2011

    Nice discovery. I have never seen that before but it looks like it works well.

    • admin
      March 17, 2011

      It make the can crush sooooo much easier! I would sometimes have to pull the handle twice when there was no dent, but with a dent, it’s like a hot knife though butter!

  5. Crystal @ BFS
    March 17, 2011

    Can crushing was my chore when I was a kid. I was tiny, so my dad installed a can crusher on the wall that made it super easy. Yay for dads!

    • admin
      March 17, 2011

      Lol, my grandfather had such a layout. I use to go over and crush cans at this house. He would then give me a little bit of what he reaped.

  6. retirebyforty
    March 17, 2011

    I used to crush cans when I was a kid in CA. But here in Oregon, we need the full can so the machine can read the bar code so no more crushing. We only drink a few cans a month anyway so no big deal.

    • admin
      March 17, 2011

      The pop drinker in my family is my wife, she’ll go through a few cans a day.

      I did it as a kid, and I’m glad my son is doing it too. The difference is my son was to do it whereas I didn’t…

  7. First Gen AMerican
    March 18, 2011

    We are one of those states with a bottle bill. It’s a good thing.

    I thought you can crushed with your foot? You actually have a contraption? THat’s high tech.

  8. papa jimmi jo
    March 21, 2011

    where did ou get such a neat can crusher? I have a garage full mess,or do you rent out your 10 yr old?

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