Rio tip workers criticise closure

Scavengers at one of Latin America's biggest landfills fear threat to livelihood.



    One of the largest open-air landfills in Latin America is set to close. But while environmentalists are applauding the decision, not everyone is happy.

    Activists say the landfill in Rio de Janeiro, one of Brazil's largest cities, exceeded its capacity a long time ago and that keeping it going would spell disaster for the environment.

    But some of the city's poorest residents depend on it for work. Al Jazeera's Lucrecia Franco spoke to them and sent this report.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Many Pentecostal churches in the Niger Delta offer to deliver people from witchcraft and possession - albeit for a fee.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    Why a hipster, vegan, green tech economy is not sustainable

    Why a hipster, vegan, green tech economy is not sustainable

    Improving eco-efficiency within a capitalist growth-oriented system will not save the environment.