Photographer's Note

A young worker grasps the end of a gaff used for picking up plastic at The Stung Meanchey Landfill in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Soft clear plastic is the most desireable and lucrative for the workers here as it pays more per kilogram than the more easily detected blue plastic.

Each of the overv 2000 workers at the dump are paid by the kilogram with the most lucrative items being those made of metal.

Glass and cans are also in demand, but due to it's low payout per kilogram, the blue plastic seen everywhere has fallen out of fashion with the workers.

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Additional Photos by John Brown (zips) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 409 W: 6 N: 508] (1958)
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