ULAN BATOR WASTE DUMP
This huge open air waste dump in Ulan Bator, capital of Mongolia, with more than 1,5 million people is full of poor scavengers. Many of them are children searching into the junk looking for plastic bottles, aluminium cans, metal, anything to sell or burn. Because of the freezing winters the amount can reach till 600 tonnes, double than in summer, just to heat the coal fires of the Yurts.
The conditions and the contaminated air is unsustainable. The World Bank estimates that in low-income countries around the globe about 2% of the population make a living by selling salvaged materials.