Thursday, January 14, 2010


I was intrigued to notice people pulling rudimetary garbage trolleys around the streets in some areas. They would start in the morning with an empty trolley, as seen above, moving from dustbin to dustbin plucking out objects and placing them in their trolley. By the end of the day, they can be seen lugging precarious towers of garbage into the setting sun.
I soon realised that they were not simply rummaging through the bins, but actually extracting recyclable rubbish from them. They would then turn their spoils in at a recycling centre in exchange for nominal compensation. I was surprised to find that these recyclers were doing all of this under their own steam; I had assumed that they were employed in some way - given this job to do.

I think that this is a missed opportunity, primarily for government. The volume of recycling that these collectors get through by the end of each day is immense. If this could be harvested and coordinated, it would not only create productive employment in a novel way, it would also contribute significantly to country's recycling.

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