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Poor Germans collecting bottles to get by

Relatively high level of deposit paid out for each recycled bottle helps those unable to live on pensions or benefits.

Last updated: 20 Aug 2014 16:51
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Collecting empty bottles for a fee in Germany is not only boosting recycling efforts but is also helping the elderly make ends meet.

Many retired people are unable to survive on their government pensions and the relatively high level of the deposit paid out for each bottle helps them to survive.

Al Jazeera's Nick Spicer reports from Berlin.

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