Americans throw away about 40 billion soft drink cans and bottles every year. Placed end to end, they would reach to the moon and back nearly 20 times. Each with a 5 cents redeemable deposit in Manhattan, it is like picking coins up off the street. Each and every day an army of bag carrying collectors begin their search through the trash of the better off or the just don’t care. A recycling frenzy, not done with an eye on environmental issues or some divine quest to save an ailing planet but just to make a little cash to get through the day. Picking and sorting with a well trained expertise, bag after bag is filled and ferried through the streets and exchanged for dollars. This ‘random harvest’ is now an established part of New York city subculture.