When I was a kid I remember seeing a segment on a TV show about how kids could earn extra money. One story showed a girl going around collecting aluminum cans from around her neighborhood. She wasn’t just earning money, she was also making her surroundings look better. I was pretty excited. “I could do that too!” Then they got to the part where she brought the giant garbage bag filled with crushed cans to the recycling center. The man gave her a whopping 25 cents for her week’s worth of work. Whaaaaaaa? My 30 second dream of fame and fortune was shattered.

This all changed when I moved to Michigan where there is a 10 cent deposit on each can. I kept every orphaned cylinder of glorious aluminum I came in contact with. Many bags of potato chips were purchased and consumed.