Travel: What it’s like to visit China – Recycling as a Job
This is part of the Travel: What it’s like to visit each city series I’m doing, to talk about what it’s like to see each city I’ve been through, from a foreigner’s perspective.
Some of them are pretty poor, and they do their best to earn a living, and that living, is through recycling.
I saw that he was probably a recycler, grabbing stuff to re-sell the best he could.
In between shifts
Those are rice sacks he’s collecting.
Waiting for more newspapers in between shifts. Sometimes they sleep there.
Collecting garbage such as water bottles, cans, or anything found in trash bins to be resold.
Even working into old age.
Searching out for any opportunities to get more recycling
(To be honest, I wasn’t sure if this above was a STORE or a recycling bin. I want to say store.)
The haul for the day.
And this is a VERY good day.
It all goes to get weighed here…
(which is why sometimes you see them wetting it with water to make it heavier, so that they get more money):
And it all gets trucked away:
Beggars like this old blind man pictured, are VERY rare.
There aren’t that many of them, because people simply don’t give money to beggars.
They have to work for the cash, or die.
Say what you will, but these folks work, save and live out of sheer necessity and are very hard workers.