The rubbish collector left on the scrap heap as his city goes green.


The BBC reports that traditional rubbish collectors in India are struggling to earn a living after Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Indians to be tidier.

Simply put, their problem is competition, particularly from green groups promoting recycling and – most serious of all – the internet.

Rather than hand over old televisions, furniture and even lower value household junk, people can sell them online on classified sales sites like OLX and eBay’s growing Indian operation.

But green groups – often staffed by volunteers from the same middle class households the kabadi wallahs see as most lucrative – are now doing the same rounds, often paying better prices to take things away for recycling.

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