Hobby makes Aydukovich the ‘can man’
Tim Aydukovich of Oskaloosa crushes boxes, sweeps the sidewalk and takes out the garbage two days a week at Thriftway, and were he ever to be asked to wash the front windows or carry a bag of groceries to a little old lady’s car for her, in all likelihood the affable 42-year-old man would be more than happy to oblige.
But what really seems to motivate Tim is the opportunity to collect aluminum cans that will eventually be converted into cash. For the past 17 years he was been making the rounds within the immediate vicinity of the courthouse square in search of discarded Keystone cans, Pepsi cans and the like. After all, as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Tim said he starts looking for cans about 7 a.m. each day and repeats the process several hours later. The cans he finds are dropped into a white five-gallon bucket, carried home and added to his collection, which at some point will be hauled off to Topeka and delivered to L & M Northside Recycling.
A 1992 graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School, Tim sees his can collecting as being no different than any other type of collecting — coins, stamps, postcards, etc. — people like to do in their spare time. “It’s a hobby,” he said, ready with an explanation for his interest in an activity many regularly avoid. At the same time, however, he also realizes that by picking up the cans others are quick to toss, he can make a real difference in the overall appearance of the community.
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