11. Give Recyclables
In 1983 the Returnable Container Act was Enacted in New York, which required stores in the state to accept up to 240 reusable cans and bottles per day from any single collector. The collector received five cents per container.
But most of Manhattan's supermarkets--including A & P, D'Agostino's and Food Emporium-- would not take 240 cans. What does a homeless person who collects recyclables do when stores flaunt the law?
Enter Doug Lasdon, executive director of the Legal Action Center for the Homeless. Using New York University Law School volunteers and homeless collectors, his investigation revealed that ten stores would not take a single can and that the most any would take was sixty.
Lasdon brought a class action suit on behalf of the homeless and obtained an injuction. He won the suit, protecting the civil rights of homeless people to return the cans and bottles just like you or me. Your recyclables, plus help from the Legal Action Center, open up another path of hope for the homeless.
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