Standing on the concrete embankment of the river at night, a woman burns plastic (polythene) bags in a metal drum to melt them in solid chunks of plastic molds, while another sort plastic bags and other materials that can be recycled. They collect used plastic shopping bags and other recyclable materials from streets of Dhaka. Once melted, the plastic chunks are sold to informal plastic factories for Taka 10 per kilogram.

Garbage that cannot be recycled any longer, simply gets dumped in already severely polluted river Buriganga. (image by Shehzad Noorani)
Standing on the concrete embankment of the river at night, a woman burns plastic (polythene) bags in a metal drum to melt them in solid chunks of plastic molds, while another sort plastic bags and other materials that can be recycled. They collect used plastic shopping bags and other recyclable materials from streets of Dhaka. Once melted, the plastic chunks are sold to informal plastic factories for Taka 10 per kilogram. Garbage that cannot be recycled any longer, simply gets dumped in already severely polluted river Buriganga.
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