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25 Poignant Photographs Of Landfills

There is a lot of garbage out there.

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Workers and residents wait for news on a mountain of garbage at a landfill during a rescue operation in San Isidro, Rizal province, east of Manila, Philippines on Saturday April 20, 2013.


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An elderly Pakistani man, searches for items in a garbage dump hoping to sell to a recycling factory, on a cold, foggy day, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.


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Children stand and sit near a woman looking through rubbish at a garbage dump in Zabbaleen in Cairo October 11, 2012. The Zabbaleen, which means "garbage people", have served as informal garbage collectors for approximately the past 70 to 80 years, living in the nicknamed area "Garbage City". Their community has a population of around 20,000 to 30,000, over 90 percent of which are Coptic Christians. For several generations, the Zabbaleen supported themselves by collecting trash door-to-door from residents for little money and they recycle up to 80 percent of the waste they collect. The neighborhood is also where Coptic Egyptian nun Maggie Gobran, a nominated candidate for the 2012 Nobel Peace prize, dedicated her last 27 years to helping poor children.


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A boy, surrounded by a pile of trash, scavenges for plastic for recycling at a garbage dump site in Bachok, 550 kilometres (342 miles) northeast of Kuala Lumpur September 7, 2012. The garbage collector makes about 150 ringgit ($48) a day.


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A man uses a pickaxe to search for recyclable and reusable materials at a garbage dump site near a residential complex under construction in Xiangyang, Hubei province in this January 10, 2011 file photo.


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Destroyed New York City Fire department trucks sit at the Fresh Kills landfill January 14, 2002 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. All debris from World Trade Center disaster site are brought to the landfill where investigators examine them for evidence, property and the remains of victims.


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A toy, among other rubbish, are seen at the Sidon seafront southern Lebanon, June 9, 2012. The seafront rubbish dump, located near schools, hospitals and apartment blocks in Lebanon's third biggest city, has partially collapsed into the Mediterranean sea several times.


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In this May 29, 2012 photo, a vulture flies over Jardim Gramacho, one of the world's largest open-air landfills, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Jardim Gramacho, a vast, seaside mountain of trash where thousands of people made a living sorting through the debris by hand, is closing after three decades in service.


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A garbage collector reads a paper while looking for recyclable waste at a municipal dump site in Tegucigalpa April 12, 2012. Approximately 1,500 people work at the dump site and look for metals, plastics, cardboard and papers and they earn about $4 per day, according to local media.


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Children and adults scavenge for recyclables and other usable items around a garbage truck at the Trutier dump on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, on March 7, 2012 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Following the devastating earthquake two years ago that killed and estimated 316,000 people, the number of scavengers at the landfill has grown from about 200 to an estimated 2,000. Much of Haiti is still in a crisis situation with tens of thousands living in tent camps in and around Port-au-Prince. A growing concern to international donors is a flare-up between ex-members of Haiti's armed forces and the current Haitian President Michel Martelly.


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Cambodians work late into the night recycling garbage at the local garbage dump November 30, 2011 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Many children work part time in the dump to help support their families while attending school during the day. While Siem Reap's ancient temples boost massive tourism attracting millions of visitors still 28.3% of Cambodians live on less than $1.25 per day according to a 2011 UNDP Human Development Report. An estimated 36 per cent of Cambodia's 14.2 million people live below the poverty line and about 85 per cent of these live in rural areas.


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Port Authority Police LT. Brian Tieriney looks at the stacks of vehicles that were found in and around the World Trade Center at the Fresh Kill Landfill site April 29, 2002 in Staten Island, NY.


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Carlos Roman, 9, searches for recyclables at the Tirabichi garbage dump on March 5, 2013 in Nogales, Mexico. About 30 families, including Carlos, live at the landfill, searching for recyclables to sell for a living. His mother said she didn't have enough money to buy him school supplies, so he stays at home to work with his family at the dump. Some residents there were undomumented immigrants who were caught and deported by the United States back to Mexico. They have received aid from the non-profit Home of Hope and Peace, which plans to expand it' assistance to the dump's impoverished populace in the future.


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A girl inspects discarded pens at a landfill on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa September 27, 2012. According to the International Labour Organization there are around 215 million children working. Many of them work full-time and do not receive proper nutrition and care.


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A woman walks as she collects recyclable materials on the last day of the Jardim Gramacho landfill in Rio de Janeiro May 31, 2012. Ahead of the Rio+20 United Nations sustainable development summit that will be held from 13 to 22 June, the Rio de Janeiro City Hall is shutting down the 36-year-old landfill.

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