Living on the edge: A photo essay on the community of waste pickers in New Delhi

Unemployment is one of the root causes for poverty in many developing countries which forces people in the labour market in order to survive. Albeit of the fact that waste pickers are a common sight in the dumping grounds of New Delhi, strangely little is known about them and meagre attention is paid to them.

Living on the edge: A photo essay on the community of waste pickers in New Delhi

Located on the outskirts of South Delhi, Okhla Landfill is one of the biggest landfill site in New Delhi.

Okhla Landfill consists of monstrous trash mountains, including hazardous waste, leaching out toxic liquids and rising stinking fumes. Atop the pile of clutter is a community of waste pickers scraping together a living out of what they can find to recycle. There are hundreds of waste pickers who pick up whatever they can without using masks, gloves or any other protection.

Okhla landfill site is a trash mountain higher than a 15 storey building. Thousands of scavenging birds throng over them as they grow larger every day. A large amount of Methane is emitted daily from this site.

Unemployment is one of the root causes for poverty in many developing countries which forces people in the labour market in order to survive. Albeit of the fact that waste pickers are a common sight in the dumping grounds of New Delhi, strangely little is known about them and meagre attention is paid to them. This photo project aims at portraying the profile of the waste pickers in Okhla Landfill and to describe the dynamics of the waste pickers and their families.












































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