A person who collects and sells rags.
‘His father still works as a ragpicker, pushing his handcart around the city streets, collecting scraps of discarded cloth that he sells to a contractor.’
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‘Labourers, ragpickers in the mornings or film poster affixers during the night are the worst hit, not to forget children who are drawn to them and two-wheeler riders.’
‘He began to work as a ragpicker and lived in the railway station.’
‘More often, contemporaries described such youths by their street occupation or activity: newsboys, copper pickers, wood-stealers, ragpickers, swill-gatherers, bootblacks.’
‘The Tapias are ragpickers who earn a living from a nearby municipal dump.’
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Imagine streets with no dustbins. Imagine a place where everybody litters wherever they want. Against this chaotic backdrop, India has the highest recycling levels in the world.
India’s ‘informal recycling’ industry has become an important business sector in its own right. Ramshackle sacks of general scrap are piled up in every corner while a group of women busily sort plastic by type and colour. Most of their income is earned laboriously salvaging any recyclables they can sell on. Despite the benefits of recycling, prejudices against ‘informal-pickers’ are yet to be overcome. But very few places in the world have organised as sophisticated and successful a network of ‘recycling cooperatives’. They keep the place clean and provide employment for the poorest.
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7 Recycling revolutionary shows how you can turn old clothes into kitchen tiles | Australian Story
22 feb. 2021
Scientist Veena Sahajwalla is a recycling superstar with some bold new ideas about how to save waste from landfill.
As Australia’s collective garbage guilt builds alongside the tonnes of plastic piling up in recycling depots, her innovative inventions may offer some exciting new solutions.
Inspired walking the streets of her Mumbai neighbourhood as a child, Veena observed almost everything was reused and “nothing was wasted”.
This can-do attitude shaped her engineering career and sowed the seeds for some ground-breaking ideas, including making steel from car tyres.
Now she’s unveiling her latest invention, a “micro factory” that creates building materials and tiles from dumped clothes and glass.
It’s a revolutionary concept. But will it work outside the lab?
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