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Garbage recyclers make way for real estate

By Zheng Xin (China Daily)

09:16, January 06, 2012

A garbage sorter at the Dongxiaokou garbage recycling market in Beijing transport recyclable waste on Jan 1. Zheng Xin / China Daily

BEIJING - The capital's biggest garbage recycling market is on the brink of collapse, leaving thousands of workers homeless and out of work.

Located outside the north section of the 5th Ring Road, Dongxiaokou garbage recycling market, one of the few large-scale recycling markets in Beijing, seems to be on its way to extinction after nearly eight years' existence, as the city keeps expanding outward, swallowing up the suburbs.

"We have been informed of the demolition plan at the beginning of 2011," said Li Jianzhong, a man in his 40s from Hebei province, who came to Beijing and started working in the market three years ago.

Pointing to the posters on the walls encouraging residents, most of them waste sorters, to move out as soon as possible, Li said he was very worried about his future.

"I have no idea where to go," said the man who works at a waste paper recycling company in the market.

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