Friday Photo: ‘Canners’, 6th Ave, NYC

‘Canners’ – metal is cash – a man collects tin cans, 6th Ave, New York City © Helen Jones-Florio


We saw this man often on 6th Ave, near our apartment, pushing his precariously overloaded, wobbly old shopping cart. One amongst many men, and women, you can see every day on the streets of NYC, heads buried deep into the public trash cans, sifting through, collecting discarded tin cans, bottles, and plastic, in order to reclaim the five cents refundable deposit charged to consumers on purchases of beer, soda, and water containers, in the city. This is often their only means of making a living.


Published by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

Award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and writer, Jason Florio (, and photographer, producer, videographer and writer, Helen Jones-Florio Twitter @floriophotonNYC Instagram Instagram Instagram Instagram

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