EDITORIAL | Those people you ‘see’ hauling your ‘trash’ could be our saviours
In a country with no landfill space, the Bagerezi are vital. Now they're being given a chance to enter the economy
On October 25, a feature was published in the Sunday Times print edition about the Bagerezi — the name they call themselves means “hustlers” — those groups of people whom every resident of suburbia sees on every garbage-collection day, dragging their high-piled, heavily laden carts filled with plastic, cardboard, glass bottles, aluminium containers and tins, to buyback centres or recycling plants, where they will receive a few small notes for their labours and thus feed themselves for another week.
Many commuters drive past the Bagerezi as they walk, on average about 20km a day. Most people have the decency to swerve away from the pavement side of the road to avoid killing them as they drag their precarious loads along major byways.
Hardly anyone takes real notice of them. ..