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It's Not Just Residents Benefiting From Projects KEEP And NICE

April 15, 2014, 7:30 AM by Brittany Larson

It's Not Just Residents Benefiting From Projects KEEP And NICE

Throughout certain Sioux Falls neighborhoods an assortment of discarded items are piled high on several residents' curbs. But what once was thrown away by them might be picked up by others.

"Trying to make ends meet, trying to help the city out. The scrap iron when it goes to the recycling they have to sort through it and everything else and this way I can make a buck. I'm on disability right now and social security so every buck counts," Bron Jensen said.

Jensen spent part of his day gathering specific items like metal and reycable materials.

"Under restrictions I can't work really so I'm just trying to make a buck. I took a load down the other day and made about $75 and then this will probably be about $40 I think," Jensen said. 

The money he makes will help with gas expenses and just the overall cost of living. But Jensen admits this isnt' something he does all the time.

"I do it once a year or whenever the city does it. Nothing like scavenge the neighborhood all year round I don't do that," Jensen said.

Every spring the city will select neighborhoods to pick up anything people want to get rid of. Those neighborhoods are allowed to leave certain items on the curb to be picked up by the city.

"Clean up the neighborhoods. Make the neighborhoods look nice. And some of these people don't have the opportunity or the equipment to haul it to the landfill. So this is an opportunity for them to put it on the curb and then we'll take care of it for them," Street Maintenance Supervisor, Dave Muhmul said.

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