Mexico City's trash is taken to sprawling garbage dumps in the suburbs surrounding the capital city. Lacking automated facilities, the waste management system relies on people to sift through the trash with their bare hands, picking out precious recyclables. Many of these trash pickers, known as pepenadors, live in shacks built within the garbage dumps they scour. Sabrina Morales Gomez struggles to earn a living and a future for her children in this dangerous environment.

Produced for reframingmexico.org

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