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Guatemala City Trash Dump

With hundreds of vultures circling overhead and the stench of decay filling the air, the workers in Guatemala City's trash dump earn between $3 and $20 for a day's work as they hand-collect plastic, bottles, cardboard, metal, and anything else they can sell to middlemen, who then sell the materials to factories. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL PHOTO, START SLIDE SHOW.

Dump workers sort through materials they gathered from the dump trucks, awaiting sale to middlemen. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Dump workers sort through materials they gathered from the dump trucks, awaiting sale to middlemen.
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View of the dump from a cemetery atop a nearby cliff. Enlarge | Buy This Photo View of the dump from a cemetery atop a nearby cliff.
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The entrance to the dump is protected by a wall, barbed wire, and armed guards. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The entrance to the dump is protected by a wall, barbed wire, and armed guards.
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An old woman carries a bag full of scavenged recyclables. The dump's operations manager said he didn't know her name but said Enlarge | Buy This Photo An old woman carries a bag full of scavenged recyclables. The dump's operations manager said he didn't know her name ...
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Pregnant women and minors are no longer allowed to work at the dump. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Pregnant women and minors are no longer allowed to work at the dump.
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Dump workers pile up their day's worth of collected recyclables and get them ready sell to middlemen, who drive into the dump in pickup trucks and haul away the materials. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Dump workers pile up their day's worth of collected recyclables and get them ready sell to middlemen, who drive into ...
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Rigoberto Carias, operations manager of the Guatemala City dump, says landfill officials have improved safety and health conditions for workers and have made progress on preventing avalanches and fires among the trash piles. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rigoberto Carias, operations manager of the Guatemala City dump, says landfill officials have improved safety and health conditions for workers ...
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Middlemen on the outskirts of the dump get their goods ready for delivery to recycling companies. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Middlemen on the outskirts of the dump get their goods ready for delivery to recycling companies.
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Teenage workers smash glass bottles to compact the materials that were bought from dump workers. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Teenage workers smash glass bottles to compact the materials that were bought from dump workers.
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Brenda Judith Lopez, 47, said her mother brought her to the dump when she was 2 months old and has been working here ever since. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Brenda Judith Lopez, 47, said her mother brought her to the dump when she was 2 months old and has ...
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