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History of Waste Pickers

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Recycling has existed for thousands of years. Soon after metals were refined, our ancestors dicsovered that they could recycle old and broken metal items to make new ones. For hundreds of years, waste pickers have played a significant role in the recovery of materials for recycling. As new materials were invented, such as paper and plastics, waste pickers also started to recover them.

 

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