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

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    We travel more than 2,000km and visit communities along the route of the oil pipeline that cuts across Indigenous land.

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women married to ISIL fighters share accounts of being made to watch executions and strap explosives to other women.

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    The story of Ali Reza Monfared, the Iranian who tried to buy diplomatic immunity after embezzling millions of dollars.