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Guatemala City Trash Dump

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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.

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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 "she has been here forever."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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