New Delhi, India -
Just a few miles from the famous Akshardham temple, where tourists flock to see the structure's sandstone and marble work, the 29-hectare, slum-surrounded Ghazipur landfill in east Delhi seems a world apart. Each day hundreds of mainly migrant workers earn a meager living at the landfill by collecting recyclable material like plastic, metal and even hair to sell. The dump is the last port of call for Delhi's trash, having already been picked through by other waste collectors who collect bags of garbage directly from homes. Delhi is home to three landfills where around 6,000 tons of trash is dumped daily. Studies have shown that living near a landfill increases the risk of cancer, birth defects and asthma.
Photo shows: BHAGMATI KUMARI has been working at the landfill ever since she lost her husband 14 years ago. She earns 50-70 rupees, which is approximately one dollar, for sifting and sorting garbage for nine hours a day.
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