While tens of thousands of young people descend on Roskilde Festival to get drunk, watch the occassional and perhaps pick up an STD, others come to make an easy buck – on can and bottle deposits.
Under the punishing sun sit tens of thousands of young men and women in camping chairs and beneath white pavillions, whiling away the hours before the music starts on Thursday. There is a pervasive drone from hundreds of stereos powered by car batteries while kites float in the breezy summer heat.
But not everyone is here to bake their skin to leather and perforate their ear dreams while drinking themselves into a mesmeric stupor. There are plenty of opportunities to be had at the festival and some leave with more money in their pocket than when they first arrived.
They work tirelessly, moving purposefully between the camps searching for discarded bottles and cans each of which earns them a krone. But it’s not pocket change they’re after. Gathered outside the refund stands are queues of collectors with dozens of black bin bags stuffed to capacity patiently waiting their turn to deposit hundreds of cans at a time. Continue reading