Inayawan Dumpsite

January 29, 2004

Do you hate your job?

Are you sick and tired of getting up every god-damn day, eating the same lousy breakfast and going to the same old god-damn boring, stressful job? Have you had it up to HERE?
Come spend a few minutes with the scavengers at Inayawan... then consider... do you really have it so bad?

I visited this dumpsite before, twice back in 2001. I wanted to return again this year (2004), to see if there were any changes since that time.

Entrance to the Cebu City Sanitary Landfill at Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City.

Inayawan

 

Garbage, lots of it.

Inayawan

 

When we arrived, the scavengers were just hanging out.

Inayawan

 

After awhile, a garbage truck arrived and the scavengers calmly lined up to await dumping.

Garbage truck arrival Garbage truck arrival

 

Once the truck pulled away, they sprung into action with hand-held digging hooks.

springing into action

 

The scavengers quicky sort through the disgorged garbage, seeking usable items to sell to a nearby recycling center. The work is hot, dirty and dangerous. Most wear rubber boots to protect their feet from sharp objects hiding in the smelly piles, and long-sleeved shirts and hats to protect from the burning sun.

sorting through garbage

 

Scavenger's gold: good quality used plastic containers can be sold to the recyclers for 10 pesos a kilogram.
A 12-hour day's work can bring 80 to 200 pesos (55 pesos to $1 US.)

plastic containers

 

Every dump needs a bulldozer to push the garbage around.

bulldozer

 

Medical waste: vials of blood. Watch where you step.

Medical waste

 

Dumpsite canteen: meals served onsite for those with cash. No extra charge for flies.

Dumpsite canteen

 

Scavenger Gallery

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Me and Ernst Leuthner, my companion for the visit.

Chris Pforr and Ernst Leuthner