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Payatas scavengers squeeze a living from Manila's waste

The Philippines 'second Smokey Mountain' looks grim, but is surprisingly vibrant

Sanitation workers and scavengers pick their way through the refuse of the landfill in the Payatas district of Quezon City, Metro Manila. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

MANILA -- What is it like living at the foot of a mountain of garbage?

The Payatas district in Quezon City, Metro Manila, has been called the city's "second Smokey Mountain" -- a huge mound of refuse from which many scavengers scrape out a meager income.

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