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The History of The Can Man

The History of The Can Man

The Can Man has been around since 1995. They started in their two-car garage in Binghamton. Susan Dillenbeck, together with her husband Donald, first started their operation by personally driving to people’s home and local businesses to pick up cans then bring them back home to count them. As the operation grew bigger, they moved to Ozalid Road in Johnson City and in 2000 left that location for a bigger place at 24 Olive St.

Their purpose was just to help people out and do well for the community. They were hesitant at first, but it turned out to be a very profitable enterprise. It was increasingly successful so they expanded The Can Man to a second location in January of 2004 on Upper Front Street in Binghamton, NY.

Today, The Can Man employs 30+ peoples and has several trucks for pickup service. We travel to pick up as far as Johnson City, Binghamton, Deposit, Lisle, Hancock and Owego. The regularly scheduled pickups include homes, businesses and bottle drives.

“What we’re doing is a service for people that makes it much easier.” -Dillenbeck

As Susan Dillenbeck described, their job at The Can Man is a bit like being the tooth fairy. But instead of collecting teeth, they go around picking up unwanted cans and bottles leaving cash in exchange. The Can Man is owned and operated by Susan Dillenbeck and her husband Donald. The Can Man is a redemption center in Johnson City and Binghamton that accepts most brands. They take cans and bottles from retailers like Price Chopper, Walmart and Weis. Thanks to this service, people can make a single stop for all their recyclables.

For those who can’t bring the bottles and cans to us, we offer residential pickups as long as you have at least 300 cans and bottles. You can just leave them in front of your house, garage, back porch and our truck driver will leave you cash in return.