In Bushwick, Brooklyn, hundreds of can collectors sort through their treasures, turning garbage into wads of cash. They congregate at the nonprofit, Sure We Can, a redemption center created in 2007 as a place for collectors to exchange cans and bottles for 5 cents each.
It's work that often goes under the radar. The can collectors say they work 10 to 15 hours each day, sometimes starting at 4 a.m., if not earlier. Brooklyn artists are now raising awareness about their good deeds, decorating the carts they use to haul their goods.
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