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Man sorting plastic waste to separate out PVC

Man sorting plastic waste to separate out PVC

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Plastics recycling. Asian man sorting plastic waste to separate out fragments made of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). The worker is using the feel of the plastic, combined with his experience, to judge which fragments are made of PVC. Recycled PVC can be used to make new plastic items. The advantage of recycling is that PVC plastics release toxic chemicals if they are disposed of by being burnt or by being left in landfill waste dumps. Photographed in Mumbai (Bombay), India.

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