Feb. 24 2009

Three arrested for collecting recyclables

HAVANA, Cuba, February 24 (Aini Martín Valero, Agencia Libre Asociada / –Three men were arrested Monday in the Vedado district for collecting empty beer and soft drink cans from garbage cans.

They were identified as brothers José Agustín and José Manuel Reyes Muños and their cousin Gabriel Leiva Reyes, aged 19 to 25.

According to the mother and grandmother of the brothers, arresting officers said there exists an ordinance under which it is a crime to collect cans in the center of the city, subject to a fine of up to 1,500 pesos, about four times an average monthly salary.

.The three men live in the Regla district of Havana.