Stung Meanchey Landfill, a.k.a. "Smokey Mountain" - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Another example of the effect of little or no government support for scavenging, the open dump site in Phnom Penh, referred to as " Smokey Mountain" is a "home" to hundreds of workers and families. Chronic respiratory and skin diseases are the result of methane and hazardous chemical exposure, as well as open fires on the landfill. The images reinvorce the need for better integration and support for informal waste workers worldwide.
Informal waste workers save many municipalities enormous amounts of money in resource recovery, diverting waste from landfills, and in some areas through collection, "in Buenos Aires, informal waste collectors known as "scavengers" recover 9 - 17% of municipal waste, representing an estimated savings for the municipality of $30,000 USD to $70,000 USD each day." (see article for statistical sources)