Slumdog waste a path to wealth

30 November 2013

As Cheryl Jones writes for The Australian, the biggest new opportunity in recycling is not turning glass into glass, or plastic into plastic, but producing completely new resources.

In the slums of Mumbai, there are tens of thousands of people known as ragpickers who sift through the piles of refuse and rubbish, finding the scraps that could be sold to eke out a living.

In the city's Dharavi slum, hundreds of thousands are estimated to be involved in the recycling industry in some way, through collecting and sending plastics and aluminium to the thousands of single-room workshops where they are sorted and processed.

Now a breakthrough technology, developed in Sydney, could provide a new avenue for some of the city's poorest to escape poverty and make higher returns by recycling waste glass into metal alloys.

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