It’s a rubbish career: scrap dealers swap risk for rupees

Matt Wade; 8/5/10

Hemkunt Kumar makes a living going through the rubbish. Each morning he collects the neighbourhood’s garbage bags and sorts them on the back of his smelly bicycle trailer. Bottles, tins and scrap paper are carefully separated and the rest hauled to a rubbish depot where dogs, rats and other animals finish off the leftovers. Mr Kumar is an expert recycler – the 20-year-old has eight years’ experience sifting through rubbish – and occasionally he gets lucky.