TRASH FOR CASH: YANGON’S FREELANCE GARBAGE COLLECTORS

Yangon’s freelance garbage collectors are cleaning up dirty streets, but there’s a suspicion some of them may be part of the problem.

By JARED DOWNING & THIRI HAN | FRONTIER

 

Garbage collectors in Bo Moe Street, Yangon, Myanmar, (18_2) photo by Maro Verli

Garbage collectors in Bo Moe Street, Yangon, Myanmar, (18_2) photo by Maro Verli

Ma May Kyaw Linn, 31, likes her job. That is not to say she likes getting up at four each morning for the two-hour journey from the outskirts of Yangon. Nor does she like the sore back she gets from pushing a rusty trash cart through the maze-like streets of Mayangone and Sanchaung townships, hollering until she can barely reply when her kids welcome her home at the end of the day.

As a single mother, she could do worse than being a door-to-door garbage collector. She doesn’t mind the smell and the flies anymore and her cart won’t complain if she gets sick one day or her mother can’t care of the kids.

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