Rick lives in materials found in trash inside a broken structure right outside the walls of a landfill in Barranquilla, Colombia. He is known for being the most dangerous thief in the area. In this image, I caught him off guard while smoking crack. We made an agreement that I could take his picture if he would disguise himself with his shirt. He recycles materials before the trash makes it into the landfill to support his drug habit and to eat. All landfills in Colombia are regulated by the government. That means that waste picking is usually formalized and is seen by the government as a public service and when appropriated, are paid by the government. Minimal cases of informal waste picking occur like in this case with Rick and his immediate community, but never will you see it happen inside a landfill directly in Colombia. When informal waste picking occurs, it is usually on the street and these people either do not realize they can or do not care to apply to become formalized. Formal waste pickers are not also paid by the government or their local district, they are able to be paid for the recyclables they collect and sell. I met a woman in Bogota who left her house cleaning job to pickup the streets of Bogota. She receives better pay, health insurance and a retirement plan.
Barranquilla, Colombia 2014
Project: “Colombia Clean”
11x14” HD C-Print, Courtesy of Duggal Visual Solutions, NY, NY
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