recycling value chains

recycling_portals_1

A metal door is laid over this community waste recycler’s scale to enable its users to weigh massive bags of styrofoam, plastic bottles, reams of cardboard, and any other large-but-light object. Were it not for the inflexible door, the objects would touch the ground, making them impossible to accurately measure.

The individual’s name, the quantity of recycled material they’ve brought, and the amount they were paid based upon day’s market price is recorded in the ledger resting upon the scale.

recycling_portals_2

Interesting to glimpse this next step in urban China’s formidable informal recycling process – the follow-up to the legions walking from one municipal trash bin to another, deftly employing their own preferred sets of tools (or simply using their hands) in their search for their (paid) contributions to the city’s recycling stream.

recycling_portals_3

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s