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'Junkman army' beats an untimely retreat

By Yang Zekun | China Daily | Updated: 2019-08-14 07:09

Even as Beijing prepares to introduce stringent trash-sorting programs, the high cost of living is forcing freelance garbage collectors to leave the city. Yang Zekun reports.

Editor's note: In the wake of new regulations to encourage trash sorting across Shanghai, this is the second of two stories focusing on the central government's efforts to introduce the practice in Beijing, before expanding it to other cities around the country.

While bottles, cans and cartons may be trash to other people, they represent treasure for Chen Wanming.

'Junkman army' beats an untimely retreat

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