Dismayed by the plastic bags piling up in the Gaza Strip, a group of young Palestinians is recycling discarded fabric into reusable totes to clamp down on waste and protect the environment.
Every day, thousands of other young Palestinians head out to collect plastic waste at garbage dumps, load it onto donkey carts and rickshaws and sell it on to firms who recycle it for industrial use. Each 10 kg sells for five shekels.
“Many young people depend on (plastic scavenging) amid the difficult economic conditions,” said Khalil Al-Ramlawi, who owns one of the plastic recycling factories.
“It is very hard for people to stop using plastic,” he added. “It is available and at cheaper prices than cloth.”