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June 30, 2010
He wasn't technically a gleaner. The guy with the bicycle, going from trash can to trash can, was an aluminum collector. He would make his rounds just an hour or two in the morning before the scheduled neighborhood trash pickup.

Now, he's not supposed to be cherry-picking the trash. The garbage company has insisted that the money they make from the more valuable aspects of our recycling, like the cans, offsets the money losing aspects, like paper recycling.

I stood in front of my trash cans when he came to my house. He smiled, small bow, and continued past.