Recycling workers, picking through the waste for plastic bags, in the middle of the night, on Smokey Mountain Rubbish Dump. They rent miner's lamps and batteries for 25 cents, which is about a quarter of what they will make on a night shift. © Nigel Dickinson.
A group of recycling workers at dawn. Between them, they pay $1 to the garbage truck driver and the security guards, for the privilege of having first pick of rubbish as it is dumped by the trucks on Smokey Mountain. © Nigel Dickinson.
A young recycling worker, wearing a miner's lamp, just before dawn, on Smokey Mountain. © Nigel Dickinson.
An exhausted youth sleeps amongst rubbish he has collected during the night shift. © Nigel Dickinson.
Recycling workers scavenge amongst the rubbish, as dawn breaks over Smokey Mountain. © Nigel Dickinson.
A recycling worker amidst the permanently burning fires of Smokey Mountain. He uses fire to burn off rubber and plastic from electrical wiring. © Nigel Dickinson.
Recycling workers sorting waste materials on the edge of Smokey Mountain. Sixty years ago it was a 20 meter deep landfill site. © Nigel Dickinson.
Jakoy, a ten-year old-girl, and recycling worker, blows up a discarded balloon she found on Smokey Mountain. © Nigel Dickinson.
Sitay, an eight-year-old Khmer girl, is the sole bread winner for her family. Earning less than one dollar per day, she scavenges in the rubbish dump with her mother's friends, collecting plastic bags for recycling. She lives with her mother, who is too ill to work, in a makeshift tent on Smokey Mountain. © Nigel Dickinson.
Situn carries her four-year-old boy in her arms. He plays with a used syringe, which can be sold for a penny. © Nigel Dickinson.
Wearing no proper footwear, this recycling worker's feet get blackened in the rubbish dump everyday, risking cuts and infection. © Nigel Dickinson.
A youth washes plastic bags in a dirty water hole on the edge of Smokey Mountain. The clean plastic bags are sent for recycling. © Nigel Dickinson.
A recycling worker smokes a cigarette, guarding the waste he and his team have collected during a day's work at Smokey Mountain. © Nigel Dickinson.
A boy burns off rubber from valuable electrical copper wiring, which will be then weighed and sold. © Nigel Dickinson.
At dusk, a girl recycling worker buys fast-food from a mobile vendor on the edge of Smokey Mountain. © Nigel Dickinson.
The beginning of the nightshift. Recycling workers, equipped with miner's lamps walk out onto Smokey Mountain Rubbish Dump. © Nigel Dickinson.