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Watch: Where’s the brakes? Recycling trolley does 60km/h on a downhill.

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A makeshift recycling trolley has been spotted travelling at 60km/h on a road in Gauteng.

 

Should he get a ticket – or is it legal to do 60km/h in a makeshift recycling trolley in a built up area? These were some of the questions posted on social media after a viral video of a recycling trolley was spotted hurtling down a road in Gauteng.

The video was caught and uploaded by Intelligence Bureau SA and already been shared thousands of times.

The informal recycling trolley entrepreneurs that work tirelessly everyday digging through rubbish to pull out materials that can be recycled. They then take them to a recycling plant to exchange them for cash.

In South Africa it is estimated that 85,000 people make a living as waste pickers. Internationally research reveals that around 15 million people in developing countries work as waste pickers.  Waste pickers are people who collect, sort, and sell reusable and recyclable materials (such as paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, metal) primarily in an informal capacity.

Research by the Institute of Waste Management of South Africa reveals that the average South African waste picker can earn an income of up to R120 per day.

“Informal recycling is a low-tech activity with minimal carbon emissions, and therefore plays a critical role towards environmental sustainability” says Tasmi Quazi a researcher for AeT.   In particular waste pickers contribute to higher levels of recycling within cities and towns, and help to divert waste from landfills explains Quazi. 

Watch the clip below:


Sources: YouTube
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