Saturday, 8 January 2011

ShutterDay: First of 2011 - Reclaimed and Recycled

This collection of images are some of the best so far this year because they bring with them an incredibly positive story out of what should be a dire situation. The images are of reclaimed old iron parts, mainly from homes. The three gentlemen who own the trolley declined to be in the images as they were shy but they did explain why they had collected the metal. They told of how they went door to door collecting old metal pieces, often having to pay for it. They then take the metal to a recycling company that pays them for the metal. This has become a form of income for these men who would otherwise be struggling to provide for their families. It is encouraging to see that there is an emerging market for environmental jobs from a small scale in Zimbabwe, a country that has been so economically unstable that it has been difficult for many to gain and maintain any form of employment over the last decade. This is an encouraging indigenous entrepreneurial project though the men may not have in mind the environmental benefits of recycling, their ability to gain an income from reclaiming metal is contributing to the overall environmental efforts in Africa... a good news story indeed.

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