For Many in India, Landfill is a Livelihood and a Home

In a shocking story from the Los Angeles Times today, Mark Magnier reports on what is referred to as the "Trash Mountain" of India, the 70 acre landfill of Ghazipur, New Dehli -- a place in which poor "rag pickers" live and scavenge for garbage which they can use to make a living. According to Magnier,

"An outgrowth of India's rapidly expanding middle class with its embrace of Western-style consumerism is ever more waste: New Delhi produces about 9,200 tons of trash daily, up 50% from 2007. The garbage is expected to double by 2024, leaving Ghazipur and two other landfills overflowing."

This visible outcome of a disposable lifestyle has become a daily reality for many rag pickers, whose livelihood revolves around the collection of excess from the classes above them. Those who live in Ghazipur aspire to a more middle class way of life, which makes the situation they are faced with even more challenging to come to terms with.

To read more about life in the garbage slums of Ghazipur, see the full article here.

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