Colored chips of plastic, collected, washed and sorted by hand, dry on the banks of the Buriganga River. Families wash shredded plastic for profit organizing it by color for recycling in Bangladesh’s informal plastic waste industry. Their hand labor is more accurate than highly industrialized recycling in the USA and the labor costs $2-$4 a day. Blue bottle caps are sorted from red bottle caps and they are sorted from the green bottle caps. A huge overburden of plastic is thrown away landing in the river and washing out into the Bay of Bengal.
- RANDY OLSON
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- Plastic or Planet? National Geographic magazine 3/2018