On the landfill there is every imaginable type of refuse, from kitchen scraps to animal parts, plastic, old film strips, broken ceramics, fabric. The diverse army of scavengers?billions of insects, a herd of cows, men, women and children?all move constantly toward the top of the pile with every new truck load. The pickers work the pile using home fashioned picks to move useless garbage aside in their hunt for anything reusable, recyclable, saleable?clothes, shoes, plastic, human hair…There is no such thing as a safety zone here. If you are talking to your friends, you are ripe for getting run over. Full attention is required?the dump trucks could bury you, the bulldozer could run over you, the pile, spongy and hollow in places, could consume you.

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