The Trash Man Cometh


My kitchen window overlooks a vacant lot. Like other vacant lots in India, it is covered with plastic bags, old shoes, broken glass, newspapers, and rotting food. Scavengers visit it regularly, some of them as young as six or seven. They collect whatever might be sold or recycled, so what is left is truly trash.

It is a scene that is repeated in every city and town. Waste management is one of India’s most urgent problems, but...

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Jo McGowan, a Commonweal columnist, writes from Deradoon, India.