“The recycling of used and broken items has created a social network among us. Our trade appeared long time ago and has been developing for about ten years.
We purchase old articles directly from households, then., sell them to the scrap dealers. Recycling factories and workshop gather waste materials from these scrap dealers.
Our work requires mastering many skills. We must gather materials to recycle, sort them, bargain for them, and then transport them. Every day we must find out the price for each type of recycled material to avoid buying too high and selling too low.”
“Although this work is hard, its income is bigger than doing farm work. So we keep working to earn money to support our family’s life.” (Mrs. Tran Thi Mi, aged 43)
Images and texts are taken from the reconstruction of the life of recyclers in the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.