Here in the Western world we are used to putting out our rubbish and having it taken away by a dustcart – but where is away?

I have spent many years working overseas where there is no such thing as a refuse collection, so either the water in the river or the fire does the job of taking rubbish away.

For years I spoke to women about not burning plastic inside their houses to generate heat to cook on, explaining to them the dangers of breathing in toxic fumes, and I have spoken out against the dumping of plastic waste and batteries in rivers. But always the question is, “Well, what do we do with ...


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