The daily life of Shanghai’s waste pickers

Workers en route to the Chuan Chang road recycling depot in Shanghai are among thousands of waste pickers working in China’s cities sorting through rubbish for materials that can be recycled for a profit.

Workers en route to the Chuan Chang road recycling depot in Shanghai are among thousands of waste pickers working in China’s cities sorting through rubbish for materials that can be recycled for a profit.

357762ce-82cc-4af3-b4ab-72c49671629d-2060x1236Zhang Jinling is picking cardboard boxes from a trash can on the side of the road in a downtown area of Shanghai. She empties the boxes, folds them and puts them on a trailer hitched to a bicycle. She also buys cardboard from residents in the houses on the same street, purchasing it for 2.5 mao (less than 3p) for a pile. When her trailer is full, she takes the load to a recycling market on the outskirts of the city where she sells each pile for a 1p profit. Markets like these sort waste into different materials and sell it to bigger markets where it ends up at big industrial recycling plants for individual materials.

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Un artiste français illumine un village proche de Shanghai

Julien Malland paints on a wall in Fengjing town in suburban Shanghai.

French street artist Julien Seth Malland brightens up dark corners of the Earth with his colorful creations. He has now turned his attention to a Shanghai village.

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Zhang Kun reports.

Julien Seth Malland calls himself a street artist, but since April 8 he has been painting the wall of a pigsty in suburban Shanghai’s Wuxing village.

Malland, from France, has been painting in the streets, ruins and public places since the mid-1990s. The 42-year Parisian has now turned his focus to Fengjing town of Jinshan district, a western suburb of Shanghai. He will spend two to three weeks creating 10 paintings in the village.

Malland has been invited by Nippon China, a paint company, to create artworks as part of a charity initiative. Volunteer participants will trek 50 kilometers on May 16, to raise money for children in need in China’s underprivileged areas. Malland is going to create 10 paintings on the houses and buildings along the way.

The pigs eat their slops and dig in the mud inside the sty, while Malland paints the outside using the wall as his canvas. A picture of a boy in a sitting position holding his knees is gradually taking shape on one wall, while on another, Malland has painted a boy in a padded jacket, flying a kite in the shape of a centipede. The bright green jacket incorporates an oil cloth that covers the pigsty window, giving the image a rich and vivid texture.

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