Waste pickers in Port Elizabeth navigate double burden of lockdown and hunger

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The daily toil. A waste picker makes his way home from the Arlington landfill site in Port Elizabeth. Picture: Black Star/Spotlight
The daily toil. A waste picker makes his way home from the Arlington landfill site in Port Elizabeth. Picture: Black Star/Spotlight

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Every day, hundreds of people search for recyclable materials to sell at the Arlington and Uitenhage waste disposal sites in Port Elizabeth. Luvuyo Mehlwana spoke to waste pickers about their fears of contracting the Covid-19 coronavirus from waste, as well as to experts about the risks of this happening.

At the Arlington and Uitenhage waste disposal sites in Port Elizabeth, hundreds of people go through tons of garbage in search of food to eat and recyclable materials to sell.

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