Dumpster Diving San Francisco’s Shadow Economy

How street recyclers, sidewalk retailers and black marketeers make ends meet on the street.

Mission Gold
Mar 25, 2019 · 3 min read
Photography by Nick Marzano

Separating trash from treasure is part Antiques Roadshow, part CSI Miami. From old porno DVDs to Ouija boards, phone chargers to harmonicas, valuables must be excavated from an often throat-gagging mass of dirty diapers and used needles.

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CRV recycling, street retailing and the marketplace of illegal shit blend like the shadows of pedestrians on Mission Street. It is an ecosystem in flux, one linked to the cycles of daily consumption and civic life.

Mission Gold

Mission Gold is an independent photojournalism project…

Mission Gold

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Mission Gold is an independent photojournalism project exploring street entrepreneurship and alternative value in SF. All profits to homeless charities.

Mission Gold

Mission Gold is an independent photojournalism project exploring street entrepreneurship and alternative value in San Francisco. All profits to homeless charities.

Mission Gold

Written by

Mission Gold is an independent photojournalism project exploring street entrepreneurship and alternative value in SF. All profits to homeless charities.

Mission Gold

Mission Gold is an independent photojournalism project exploring street entrepreneurship and alternative value in San Francisco. All profits to homeless charities.

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