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Calcutta in India has been described as the waste recycling capital of the world. Coconut shells are soaked, pounded, ripped, and dried to use in mattresses at homes for the destitute. Animal droppings are mixed with burned coal cinders to make fuel balls for cooking. Farmers grow vegetables in trash heaps. Less than 1% of glass, paper, or metal ever makes it to the dump and most of that is reclaimed by thousands of women and children who make a living by picking over the garbage.
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Title Annotation:Sustainable Development - Recycling; the citizens of Calcutta, India, recycle almost everything; only 1% of glass, metal and paper end up in landfills
Publication:Canada and the World Backgrounder
Date:Oct 1, 1995
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