Doug Sovern’s KCBS Cover Story Series: Getting By airs on KCBS 740AM/106.9FM through Friday at 6:30am, 8:30am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm, March 24-28.
SAN LEANDRO (KCBS) — The latest income data shows that about 20 percent of the Bay Area lives in poverty and that figure is rising while local home prices, the stock market, and the incomes of the very rich are soaring to record levels.
Nowhere is the Bay Area’s income disparity more apparent than at the places where low-paid workers sort through what the rest of us throw away.
So just where does your garbage and recycling go, and who sorts it?
In San Francisco and San Jose it’s unionized workers who handle waste and make over $20 an hour. But the women who pick through recycling for San Leandro, Alameda, Livermore and Dublin earn only $8.30 an hour—that amounts to just barely $16,000 a year.