recycle man

I see him at this junction in downtown Shanghai all the time, producing astonishing feats of engineering. Underneath those stacks of empty boxes is a rusty bicycle pulling a little cart.

He is one of many, many elderly men and women scouring the city every day, rummaging through trash cans and calling out for materials that they can take back to the government recycling centers for cash rebate of a few RMB. For those unsure of what that means, right now the exchange rate is about 1 US dollar to 6.35 RMB.

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