100 Bottles of Beer in the Cart: Part 7 of 100 - Robert

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Meet Robert. Robert came to Buffalo from Georgia and has been collecting bottles for the past ten years. He earns $60 a week from the bottles, has seven grown children and used to work construction.

We may be seeing the last generation of people who wander the streets pushing supermarket shopping carts in search of bottles and cans. It's hard to imagine of new generation of youngsters willing to work so hard and so long for nickels. Buffalo is abundant with bottle collectors. At Artvoice we're going to begin talking to these silent shadows who shuffle through the streets and pick through the recycle bins and garbage cans. We're going to shoot 100 short videos of theses bottle folks to try and discover the quilted fabric of lives that make up our bottle collecting population.

tags: bottle collecting poverty work unemployed homeless
credits: Jamie Moses Matthew Quinn
posted on 10/16/2008

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