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August 1, 2012

"Cardboard poaching"


Inside the Surprisingly Lucrative World of Cardboard Theft: It may sound like a tedious way to earn a living, but it's quite suitable for folks who like a good workout and fast payouts. "
You rent a van and drive down Second Avenue [in Manhattan] or Atlantic in Brooklyn, you pick up a ton and a half of cardboard and get paid 150 bucks for it," says Biderman. "Do that twice a night and you're doing OK."

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 1, 2012 6:33 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Those cardboard bales are not light. Like most theft, it ends up being more work than getting a regular job.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at August 2, 2012 9:30 AM

Only no one bothers you with stuffy questions like "Are you an ex-con" or wants samples of your bodily fluids.

Posted by: pfsm at August 2, 2012 5:48 PM

So these businesses are being charged by licensed haulers for hauling away cardboard, but the unlicensed haulers are making money hauling it away for free. Sounds to me like the city and their licensees are the crooks, not the so-called cardboard thieves.

Posted by: fast richard at August 2, 2012 7:52 PM

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