14 responses

  1. SpunkyGirl
    April 12, 2010

    I love this. It’s amazing how people learn to survive. I think these types of recycling programs (for lack of a better word) could be beneficial in other places.

    • The Longest Way Home
      April 13, 2010

      -SpunkyGirl- Thanks. It’s sort of strange how in many developed countries you have to pay to have things recycled, whereas here, they pay you!

      -David @ Malaysia Asia- Good to know there is something like this in Malaysia. Seems a bit more organised there.

      -flip- Every time I mention junk shop’s in The Philippines, people keep saying the owners make a lot of money. Must be the hidden economy!

  2. David @ Malaysia Asia
    April 12, 2010

    Very interesting. Similar stuff happens in Malaysia but they don’t come u to your door. You need to call them wen they drive by in their vans or cycle on bicycles. At lease some people are doing something about this.

  3. flip
    April 13, 2010

    what an inspiring story… i’ve heard that junkshops earn a lot of money and at the same time provides income for those who collects recyclable materials…

  4. mary beth.
    April 14, 2010

    amazing. everyone could learn a thing or two from this.

    also, i’ve been thinking for a few days about why i love to travel, and what i’ve come down to is the world has so many amazing things to offer, more than anyone gives it credit for i’d say, and being able to experience it, to look at things you read about in history books and see what makes other people thrive, even if it’s as simple as a recycling program, it just intrigues me.

    • The Longest Way Home
      April 14, 2010

      -mary beth.- Yes, there are lessons to be learned alright. Intrigue is what keeps us aspiring to learn more, I’m glad you have found this with travel. Each nation / culture can help another out. The problem is, listening an equating those with other ideas to our own. If we can over come this, we have done well. Thanks for the comment!

  5. Nath
    April 14, 2010

    Shrewd observation. I don’t know where I stand on this – one one hand it hits you in the heart and makes you think ‘how unjust?’, one person working so hard for so little. On the other hand its a shining example of recycling at its finest.

    Not only is it making the most of our resources and negating ANY waste, but maybe its a way of someone making a few cents/turning a coin, where otherwise they would have absolutely nothing at all.

    Western ‘civilisations’ and their throw away society can still learn much from other cultures, despite the majority thinking otherwise.

    • The Longest Way Home
      April 15, 2010

      -Nath- Hi & welcome. It’s a hard one to call from many perspectives. Certainly anyone earning that little, even in a society were the costs are lesser, is not good. It’s a hand to mouth life. He’s just making enough to feed himself a basic rice diet for one day.

      Meanwhile as we move up the scale a little, others make more money from what Jose started.

      I wonder how / when western society will react when they might have to do the same!

    October 28, 2010

    I love this. It’s amazing how people learn to survive. I think these types of recycling programs (for lack of a better word) could be beneficial in other places.

    • The Longest Way Home
      October 29, 2010

      I agree. Recycling this way keeps people employed, and helps the environment.

  7. Pete
    November 13, 2010

    if only the plastics could be collected and removed from the pristine beaches and waterways etc …
    and not be burnt near the waters edge as i witnessed at Maya northern side of Cebu .. or fill the towns with smoke in the weekly burnoffs of the toxic belching burning plastic.

    Plastic is a new age crime thats polluting the country
    plastic bags, packets (especially the 1 peso shampoo, 3 in 1 coffee etc),
    plastic bottles etc .. the list goes on .. in the water, on the beach, in creeks, on the side of the road etc its a disgrace…

    • The Longest Way Home
      November 15, 2010

      The burning of plastics covers the country, and not just his country, but many. They’ve tried chemicals but to no avail. Plastics will probably be dug up in another 50 years as technology might have found a way to find value in them by then. Until then, it’s a huge problem

  8. Kendo
    September 16, 2011

    There is an excellent chapter in the book ‘The world without us’ on plastics pollution. They break down quite quickly into microfillaments (even the biodegradable) and these have entered the food chain. Very scary and we have yet to see the effects.
    On the recycle issue, I live on the receiving end of the Filipino cycle collectors. We only have a rough (very) dirt road and its a big effort for them to get to our gate to collect. It’s very heart warming to contibute to the process tho. One of the things about living here that I like so much.


    • The Longest Way Home
      September 20, 2011

      It is indeed good to see people earning from such waste materials.

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