Trash-to-energy plan worries New Delhi ragpickers
NEW DELHI (AP) — Leaning on a battered set of scales while flies swarmed his piles of trash, Akbar said he wasn't demanding much: "All I want is continued access to waste."
Akbar is one of an estimated quarter-million people in New Delhi who make their living in the informal world of garbage. While ragpickers go door-to-door collecting and sorting waste, Akbar, a 29-year-old who uses only one name, is a middleman who buys the most valuable trash and resells it to recyclers.
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