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Cash for Trash: Indonesia Village Banks on Waste Recycling

World | Reuters | August 17, 2019, 4:22 pm
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 Indonesia's crackdown on imported foreign waste has upset the village of Bangun, where residents say they earn more money sorting through piles of garbage than growing rice in once-lush paddy fields.<br /><br />Workers sort plastics and scraps collected by scavengers at a collecting site in Mojokerto, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Indonesia's crackdown on imported foreign waste has upset the village of Bangun, where residents say they earn more money sorting through piles of garbage than growing rice in once-lush paddy fields.

Workers sort plastics and scraps collected by scavengers at a collecting site in Mojokerto, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Kusmani, a 55-year-old woman who has been a scavenger for more than 20 years, holds a used can as she sorts rubbish at Bangun village in Mojokerto, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Kusmani, a 55-year-old woman who has been a scavenger for more than 20 years, holds a used can as she sorts rubbish at Bangun village in Mojokerto, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Sampi, a 56-year-old villager, holds up a damaged US dollar note that he found on a pile of rubbish, in Mojokerto, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Sampi, a 56-year-old villager, holds up a damaged US dollar note that he found on a pile of rubbish, in Mojokerto, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 A worker fries tofu, burning waste for fuel at a home-run business in Sidoarjo, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

A worker fries tofu, burning waste for fuel at a home-run business in Sidoarjo, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Fish inside jerry cans are pictured at Brantas river bank in Mojokerto, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Fish inside jerry cans are pictured at Brantas river bank in Mojokerto, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Sunarni sits on a pile of rubbish as her son-in-law sorts rubbish at dusk in Bangun village in Mojokerto, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Sunarni sits on a pile of rubbish as her son-in-law sorts rubbish at dusk in Bangun village in Mojokerto, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 A fisherman collects fish caught from Brantas river in Mojokerto, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

A fisherman collects fish caught from Brantas river in Mojokerto, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 A worker uses waste to burn as fuel at a tofu factory in Sidoarjo, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

A worker uses waste to burn as fuel at a tofu factory in Sidoarjo, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Buadi, who is a scavenger from Sidoarjo, smokes a cigarette as he takes rest near Bangun village in Mojokerto, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Buadi, who is a scavenger from Sidoarjo, smokes a cigarette as he takes rest near Bangun village in Mojokerto, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Sunarni laughs as her husband Salam jokes with his friend near a pile of rubbish at Bangun village in Mojokerto, Indonesia. Salam said recycled rubbish paid for his children's schooling, and also bought a house for his family and livestock.

Sunarni laughs as her husband Salam jokes with his friend near a pile of rubbish at Bangun village in Mojokerto, Indonesia. Salam said recycled rubbish paid for his children's schooling, and also bought a house for his family and livestock. "I have nine goats now," said Salam, who works as a waste broker between villagers and a nearby paper factory and says his job is easier than farming. (Image: Reuters)

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