Scenes from a Junkyard Planet: Carnival Cans

During the run-up to the November 12 release of my first book, Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade, every weekday I’m posting a new photo taken during my decade of reporting on the global waste, recycling, refurbishment, and repair trade. Click to enlarge:


Workers at a Rio-area scrap yard knee-deep in (mostly) beer cans picked up in the wakes of the alcohol-soaked parades that thread through neighborhoods, day and night, during the city’s Carnival celebrations. At times, the streets run silver, and through most of Carnival the scrap yards run 24/7.

Previous ‘Scenes from a Junkyard Planet’ can be found here.