Monday, May 25, 2009

Garbage city

Jakarta is garbage city as garbage is everywhere. If you leave your house and wherever you go you will see open dumps. During the day these smelly places are full of cats and cockroaches, while at night dozens of fat rats storm them.

During the day all sorts of scavengers pass by to sort out the waste. Some are picking iron or copper others glass or paper. A home dump as seen above will be turned up to ten times a day depending on the specialization of the ‘recyclists’.

After having collected and sorted out the lot, the scavenger brings his prey to specialized collecting sites where a few Rupiahs will be paid for a hard day's work.

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