Good money in total poverty: why the people of the USSR handed over the bottle

Хорошие деньги при тотальной нищите: зачем жители СССР сдавали бутылки

Points of reception of bottles and cans in the USSR began to appear widely in the 1970-ies. The process of collection and delivery of containers was seen as a serious business enterprise, is able to significantly replenish the family budget.

As the blogger writes, Maxim Mirovich, “schloter” began to appear in the Union since the early 1960-ies. The price of a bottle was about 10% of the cost of the wine, about 5% of the vodka and half of the cost of beer.

Often, points of reception of bottles were in the same room with a grocery store. Acceptors was sure that bottle was without extraneous odours and labels. In spring one could see how the people of the USSR massively washed bottle directly in the puddles.

“Empty bottles in the USSR handed over all segments of the population – for half liter bottle of milk in the receiving glass gave 15 cents for liter – 20. Fifty-litre bottles of milk cost 10 roubles – chervonetz when srednesibirskoe salary 120-150 rubles and total poverty was quite visible money,” writes the author.

There were also those who walked the neighborhood and collected bottles. This was a common occurrence, as homeless people or fans regularly drink literally fighting for empty containers.

“In some places you could get some empty bottles, not money, and one complete, such a scheme was popular in times of deficit,” added the blogger.