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Post time 2004-11-6 11:09:46 |Display all floors

oh, sorry, i don't know why you mention" hell" here, further explain? tks!

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Post time 2004-11-6 15:06:54 |Display all floors

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老王,为你找到了答案,得感谢我的英国朋友加同事Mr Christopher。
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Subject: Re: Fw: how to say in English the person who collects something for recycling from rubbish

The traditional term was "rag and bone man". When I was a boy they used to go around with horses and carts shouting "any old rags" and they'd pay a  penny or two for things you didn't want. Nowadays they probably call  themselves "waste collection and recycling specialists", but then the  things they collect are rather more up-market.
Christopher


> > Christopher
> > Got asked for a tricky question below. I know there's no such a
> > "profession" here, but is there a word for it?
> > Thanks
> > Ma
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> > Subject: how to say in English the person who collects something for
> > recycling from rubbish
(求师问道):
> >哪位知道破烂王(收破烂的)英语怎么说,请赐教。
> > Please teach me how to say in English the person  who collects something for recycling from rubbish.
> >                         Best regards
> >                         LW

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Post time 2004-11-7 15:26:04 |Display all floors

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Hi Mr King(Law Wang), sorry I haven't answered sooner but we are all so devistated by our horrible election that I haven't been able to concentrate on anything.
I think the answer to your question is "dumpster diver". A dumpster is a huge garbage/trash holder - a square metal thing that can only be emptied by special garbage trucks that lift and dump them mechanically. People get into them and take out, as you say recyclables. Another term could be "scavenger". Hope this helps, Mary

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Post time 2004-11-7 15:55:05 |Display all floors

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No! Definitely not!! That sounds like a super archaic term. You could check with Mr. Ma to see if they say that in England -- but I really doubt it. I would honestly suggest Recycling Collector. Trust me!
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Dear jennifer,
What about " a rag man"

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Post time 2004-11-8 08:28:44 |Display all floors

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Hmmmmmmm...  Well, I suppose it depends on how you intend to use the term.  Also, it depends on what you meant by "the person who collects something for recycling from rubbish."  If you mean a vagrant-type person vs. someone who did this as a paid job, then there is certainly a difference.  When I said "Recycling Collector," I was thinking of someone paid by the city to come around with a big truck!  If you mean someone who is rummaging through the garbage in hopes of selling some reusable stuff, that is a different story.  But a "dumpster diver" as my mom suggested is a bit different -- that is what we call people looking for usable stuff in the trash that they plan on using themselves (not necessarily to sell).  I think from your more detailed description, perhaps "ragman" would be the best term -- or possibly scavenger.  Are these people who go door to door asking for recyclables?  Or are they just going through the trash?  A British friend of ours remembers from when he was a child a person who would walk through the streets calling out to people for their recyclables.  They called him the "ragman."  
May I ask why exactly you need this term?  Is it for some kind of sign that you'll be putting up in Hefei?  Just curious!
Have a nice relaxing couple of weeks!  How is your son doing in school?  He's in a university in Beijing, right?  Please tell both your wife and your son hello for me!        -Jen

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Post time 2004-11-8 08:48:16 |Display all floors

Context

Context should be supplied with every question. There are many different terms for this, depending on the context.

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