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China's scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
As authorities try to rein in Beijing's growing population and capitalize on skyrocketing land prices, scrap collectors say they are being pushed out, despite playing a vital role in China's unique recycling ecosystem.
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST48T
November 24, 2016
A driver steers a lorry laden with bags of plastic bottles across a recycling yard at the outskirts of...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
A driver steers a lorry laden with bags of plastic bottles across a recycling yard at the outskirts of Beijing, China. As authorities try to rein in Beijing's growing population and capitalize on skyrocketing land prices, scrap collectors say they are being pushed out, despite playing a vital role in China's unique recycling ecosystem.

REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST4AB
November 24, 2016
Yin Xueqiang, who runs a metal collection stall, and his co-worker unload a delivery at a recycling yard...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
Yin Xueqiang, who runs a metal collection stall, and his co-worker unload a delivery at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing, China. Working in the shadow of Beijing's looming skyscrapers, Yin Xueqiang weighs a pile of cardboard and old shoe rack in a dusty scrapyard, the latest casualty of a crackdown on migrant workers in China's capital. Last week, security guards blocked the road used by Yin and his fellow scrap collectors took to enter the yard. Signs posted by local authorities earlier this month had given the collectors ten days to leave. "The city government is trying to get us migrant workers to leave Beijing, they say there are too many of us and not enough space," said Yin, who hails from China's central province of Henan.

REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST4AY
November 24, 2016
Scrap collector Li Xiangling drives his tricycle that is loaded with recyclables through an alley on...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
Scrap collector Li Xiangling drives his tricycle that is loaded with recyclables through an alley on the outskirts of Beijing, China. Unlike many Western cities, where local authorities run recycling programs, in Beijing, entrepreneurial migrant workers drive a significant part of the effort. They cycle around the city collecting cardboard, plastic and other scrap before selling it on to rubbish traders, who then resell it to factories as scrap.

REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST48O
November 24, 2016
A worker watches an excavator load paper and cardboard onto a truck at a recycling yard at the edge of...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
A worker watches an excavator load paper and cardboard onto a truck at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing, China. "Beijingers wouldn't be able to survive for even a day without us," Yin said, weighing piles of plastic on a rusty scale before handing a few dollars to a fellow collector, who pedalled away on a motorized tricycle. "Who is going to collect all the rubbish? Who is going to recycle it all? Do you think Beijingers would be willing to do this kind of work?" Yin said.

REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST4AE
November 24, 2016
A worker counts money at a recycling yard as he poses for a picture in Beijing, China. Yin, whose efforts...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
A worker counts money at a recycling yard as he poses for a picture in Beijing, China. Yin, whose efforts can bring in 3,000 to 5,000 yuan a month, has been in Beijing for more than 10 years. He moved to the scrap yard three years ago.

REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST49X
November 24, 2016
A view of various types of trash scattered on the ground at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing,...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
A view of various types of trash scattered on the ground at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing, China. Few of his friends from Henan are left in Beijing, as it gets harder to make a living in the expensive city. Yin said he is considering going home or moving to a scrapyard further away from the city centre.

REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST4B0
November 24, 2016
Men pile up styrofoam at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing, China. A generation of young consumers...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
Men pile up styrofoam at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing, China. A generation of young consumers has come of age in China lacking the recycling habits of parents and grandparents who suffered hardships before the economy began opening up in the late 1970s.

REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST4A0
November 24, 2016
Liu (foreground) works at her family's wood collection point at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing....
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
Liu (foreground) works at her family's wood collection point at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. This absence of the impulse to recycle, along with astronomical economic growth, swift urbanization and surging consumption, led China to overtake the United States as the world’s largest generator of waste in 2004, the World Bank says.

REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST48W
November 24, 2016
A general view shows a recycling yard on the outskirts of Beijing. By 2025, China will produce around...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
A general view shows a recycling yard on the outskirts of Beijing. By 2025, China will produce around 1.4 million tons of waste every day, but as scrap collectors shift into other industries, whether voluntarily or after being compelled by the authorities, the country is burying or burning more waste.

REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST4A1
November 24, 2016
A waste collector arrives on his tricycle loaded with cardboard at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing....
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
A waste collector arrives on his tricycle loaded with cardboard at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. "Over the past few years, I've taken Americans, Japanese, visitors from several developed countries to scrapyards in Beijing and their reaction is – 'This recycling system is excellent, why isn't more being done to preserve it?'" said Chen Liwen, who has studied China's scrap collectors.

REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST4AF
November 24, 2016
Kittens are seen at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. Dong Dingxia, 50, who left her farm, accompanied...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
Kittens are seen at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. Dong Dingxia, 50, who left her farm, accompanied by her husband, to collect wooden scrap in Beijing after her children departed for university, puzzled over the same question. "I don't understand why we're being kicked out. It won't be good if rubbish starts piling up around the city," she said, while stripping foam from old wooden chairs. "But I guess what I think doesn't matter."

REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST48U
November 24, 2016
Scrap collector Li Xiangling (L) smokes a cigarette after loading his tricycle with recyclables from...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
Scrap collector Li Xiangling (L) smokes a cigarette after loading his tricycle with recyclables from a shed in Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST48V
November 24, 2016
Scrap collector Li Xiangling empties a shed in Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
Scrap collector Li Xiangling empties a shed in Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST490
November 24, 2016
Steel rods are piled up at a scrap metal recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
Steel rods are piled up at a scrap metal recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST4A6
November 24, 2016
Pressed cardboard is stacked up at a recycling yard in Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
Pressed cardboard is stacked up at a recycling yard in Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST492
November 24, 2016
Pieces of textile are piled up at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
Pieces of textile are piled up at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST48S
November 24, 2016
Huan (R) and her son Peijun sit outside their hut as they talk with a neighbor at a recycling yard at...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
Huan (R) and her son Peijun sit outside their hut as they talk with a neighbor at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST47E
November 24, 2016
Laundry hangs out to dry at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
Laundry hangs out to dry at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST480
November 24, 2016
Huan (2nd R), who runs a collection stall for used textiles, receives a customer as his son Peijun sits...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
Huan (2nd R), who runs a collection stall for used textiles, receives a customer as his son Peijun sits in his hut at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST47Z
November 24, 2016
Huan feeds her son Peijun in her family's hut at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
Huan feeds her son Peijun in her family's hut at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST494
November 24, 2016
A woman who works at a collection point for cardboard leaves her hut at a recycling yard at the edge...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
A woman who works at a collection point for cardboard leaves her hut at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST4A8
November 24, 2016
Children use a tablet computer as a man breaks styrofoam at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing....
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
Children use a tablet computer as a man breaks styrofoam at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST483
November 24, 2016
A scrap collector delivers recyclables on a tricycle to a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
A scrap collector delivers recyclables on a tricycle to a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST48L
November 24, 2016
A man repairs a three-wheeled vehicle (foreground) typically used by garbage collectors at a pop-up repair...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
A man repairs a three-wheeled vehicle (foreground) typically used by garbage collectors at a pop-up repair shop on a pavement in Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST47T
November 24, 2016
Men load recyclables into a van at a pop-up collection point in a residential area in Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
Men load recyclables into a van at a pop-up collection point in a residential area in Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST4A2
November 24, 2016
A man walks past a discarded teddybear soft toy at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
A man walks past a discarded teddybear soft toy at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST4B2
November 24, 2016
A man piles up styrofoam at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
A man piles up styrofoam at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST49Z
November 24, 2016
A worker cuts metal at a scrap metal stall at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
A worker cuts metal at a scrap metal stall at a recycling yard at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST4A7
November 24, 2016
A woman carries a child past a section of a recycling yard that was cleared after authorities closed...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
A woman carries a child past a section of a recycling yard that was cleared after authorities closed access for deliveries to instigate the closing down of the facility at the edge of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST4AT
November 24, 2016
Security guards keeps watch at the entrance road to a recycling yard to prevent scrap collectors from...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
Security guards keeps watch at the entrance road to a recycling yard to prevent scrap collectors from entering, in Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST4B3
November 24, 2016
Liu stands in the section of a recycling yard where her family ran a wood collection point, which they...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
Liu stands in the section of a recycling yard where her family ran a wood collection point, which they cleared out after authorities closed access for deliveries to the facility. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-SCRAP/COLLECTORS
RTST4A9
November 24, 2016
A combination photo shows various scrap collectors delivering recyclables on tricycles to a recycling...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown
A combination photo shows various scrap collectors delivering recyclables on tricycles to a recycling yard. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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