Petaluma’s Streetwalkers–Working for Pennies


It is an understatement to say these are tough times for most of us. Everyone I know has cut back dramatically.  People are clipping coupons, staying home and digging in couches and chairs for any change that may have fallen under the cushions.

There is another group of people who walk the streets of Petaluma, day & night, scrounging for cans and plastic bottles.  I have seen the same individuals on both sides of town carrying multiple plastic bags that get larger and heavier as the day progresses…


At night they look like characters in some medieval village…

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When enough cans and bottles have been secured, they are compressed before taking to a recycling center for redemption…


This is how some are surviving in today’s Petaluma…crunching cans and bottles…



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