There are about 100 scavengers who are earning their livelihood by picking recyclables from the garbage dump in Aizawl. In order to reduce the risk of them inhaling the toxic air, the Aizawl Municipal Corporation provided safety gear namely hand gloves and masks along with IDs to these rag-pickers.
What they do, is find recyclables like bottles, cans, metal and paper in the waste, which they then sell to collectors to feed their families. The fact that they separate the recyclables does help the environment. Also, it is also the only source of income for many under-privileged families. These rag-pickers can earn anywhere between Rs 150 to Rs 500 a day.
Source: Zodin Sanga
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