It’s called “The Mine” in Guatamala City, a giant trash dump where people search for scrap metal in contaminated water.
Oct. 19, 2011People search for scrap metal in contaminated water at the bottom of one of Guatemala City's biggest trash dumps, known as "The Mine." Hundreds of informal workers descend daily into the mounds of the landfill and the rushing waters that come from a storm tunnel and a sewer at the bottom of a gorge to search for scrap metal to sell. This activity known locally as "mining" is extremely dangerous due to mud slides and collapses, but earns many of them about 150 quetzals ($20 ) a day, nearly twice the minimum daily wage. Rodrigo Abd/AP