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  • Just a few miles from Delhi’s famous Akshardham temple, where tourists flock to see the structure's sandstone and marble work, the 29-hectare, Ghazipur landfill in east Delhi seems a world apart. Each day hundreds of mainly migrant workers earn a meager living at the landfill by collecting recyclable materials.
    Ghazipur landfill has more than 46 lakh metric tons of garbage. Around 2,200 metric tons of waste is dumped here daily without any prior segregation.
    Amidst a thick blanket of smoke, a rag picker sifts through a pile of rubbish to pick out pieces of glass, metal and plastic at the Ghazipur landfill in New Delhi.
    Thirteen year old Shabana and her friends sharing a light moment after finsihing their day's job at the Ghazipur landfill. They collect recyclable items along with other family members for resale in the local market.
    Qasim Ali , a native of west bengal, has been working at Ghazipur landfill for the past twelve years. He, like many others, came to the capital with the hope of finding a job. Unable to find employment, and perhaps unable to speak the local language, he eventually turn to ragpicking.
    The Ghazipur landfill site is situtated next to the the Hindon canal, which supplies water to the nearby areas. The groundwater in the vicinity is highly contaminated and is not fit for domestic use. Residents as well as ragpickers are exposed to deadly chemical substances. Many suffer from respiratory disorders and other ailments.