Scavenging to Survive

In Hong Kong it isn't unusual to see elderly folks pushing carts piled with cardboard and other recyclable paper down busy streets.

Some people think they are government workers, but in fact they are scavenging just so they can pay the bills.

Dai Mui collects cardboardPhoto by SCMP

A good article in the South China Morning Post gives more insight into the problem; read Cardboard Dreams.

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