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I took my beer cans down to the recycling woman with the cart, gave her the cans, and put my hand out for riel. She looked at me like I was nuts for a few seconds, then counted out 30 cans and gave me R2000. Ok, now we're moving. Come a few days later and I wandered upon the local recycling center. Went back later that day and gave them 60 cans. The ladies didnt count them, one of them just gave me R3000, to which I waved her to give me more money and she gave me another R1000. It was far and away the least amount of money that I've ever been cheated, at the second place. It was such a small amount of money, I'm surprised she bothered to cheat me at all. I don't mean the last R1000, but whatever the real going rate for the cans should be.
We have taken to leaving our recyclables out in a separate bag alongside the bin, and the local construction workers make a game of waiting until we're sufficiently far down the street before making a bolt for it - a bit like watching two geckos dance-race around the same moth. Near our previous apartment there was a recycling 'centre' a few doors down and we'd drop the bag straight to them in exchange for big grins and happy hellos every time we walked past.
Last night Mrs Stroppy asked our tutor about the process, how much does the first person get, the centre get, what happens to the cans after that, etc.. but he was a) confused by the question, and then b) confused as to why we'd be interested. He came up with a figure of 500r for 6 cans, or somesuch, but did not know more than that.
Any further information for overly curious barang?
Bodge: This ain't Kansas, and the neighbours ate Toto!
Yep, we get 50 riel a can when cans recycled from the bar are sold - the money is split equally among the staff as a bonus. What do most bar/hotel managers do? As far as I can see there are 3 options: you sell the cans and keep the money as bar income, you sell and give the money to the staff as you see fit, or one/some of the staff organises everything and you don't have anything to do with what happens to the money.
In S'ville we had a recycling centre next door to our house so lobbed our cans over the fence - easy housekeeping and good relations with the neighbours.
Even when staying in hotels (in Cambodia), I separate the cans from the other rubbish - cans are worth money, but I don't know about the rest. What happens to the plastic water bottles for example?