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  • It is very sad. They are so innocent, they deserve fulfillment of their rights as human beings. Something should be done about child labour in the world.
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  • No puede menos que conmovernos su presentación. Subleva al espíritu el mantenimiento de estas condiciones de vida y el trabajo infantil que conlleva. Nuestro voto de rechazo y llamado a las organizaciones que debieran actuar para reevertirlas en lo posible.
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  • It is a shame to see so many young kids doing this kind of work which in itself is very toxic. Today there are modern plants that handle this kind of recycling.

    Battery recycling is a recycling activity that aims to reduce the number of batteries being disposed as municipal solid waste. Batteries contain a number of heavy metals and toxic chemicals, their dumping has raised concern over risks of soil contamination and water pollution.
    Some household batteries contain chemicals like lead, mercury or cadmium. If batteries are thrown into your normal rubbish bin, they are likely to end up in landfill. Once buried, the batteries start to break down, and can leak some of these chemicals into the ground. This can cause soil and water pollution, which may be a health risk for humans.
    Recycling avoids this and can also help recover some of the raw materials used for making batteries. These can be used to make other products. So recycling can save some of the planet’s resources, by reducing the need to mine new materials.
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  • Close up of a pile of used batteries ready to be recycled. The pile shows all kinds and sizes of batteries which are recycled here. This includes the most common battery brands that are used in Western countries. Big D size batteries are mostly locally made.
  • There are hundreds of informal factories and workshops inside and on the outskirts of the city of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The industry employs thousands of women and children.  One person gets between US¢ 0.5 to US¢ 0.8 for breaking and cleaning 1000 carbon rods.  One person can clean, separate and arrange between 3000 to 5000 rods per day earning around US¢ 25 to US¢ 45 per day.
  • Day in and day out, women and children as young as six or seven open discarded batteries with hammers in order to remove the recyclable pieces of reusable metal. They extract carbon rods from the center of the batteries, zinc casing, and coated brass contact caps.
  • Once separated, these materials are sent to battery manufacturing factories and workshops that either reuse them or melt them to make other useful materials.
  • Using water that is pumped from river Buriganga, a young girl washes pencil-like carbon rod that comes out of the used batteries, in a battery recycling workshop on the outskirts of Dhaka. A woman arranges reusable pencil-like carbon rods that come off from the middle of used batteries.
  • Waste that cannot be recycled is burnt. Sitting on a hill like pile of waste from recycled batteries, children extract remaining zinc from ashes. This waste is eventually dumped into the river and used as a way to claim land from river. This is a very common practice in Bangladesh.
  • Noorun is only 15 years and she has been breaking batteries for three year. She studied up to grade 3, but had to quit going school, because her mother wanted her to help. She has two brothers and two sisters. Her mother also works nearby in a plastic/polythene recycling workshop and earns around US$ 23 per month.
  • Hajira -8 years old- sits in a workshop where she recycles thousands of size-D dry cell batteries, by breaking them -one at a time- using a simple hammer. She works with her mother in the workshop and also helps look after 3 and 1 year old siblings.
  • During a short break from her work, Hajira laughs standing on the door of workshop. She is carrying her three years old sister in her arms.
  • While it still rains, Hajira baths her younger sister in coolish and polluted water of river Buriganga. Cold or not, cleaning up after spending entire day at the dusty environment of battery recycling workshop cannot be avoided.
  • Shehnaz -3 years old- sits on the window of battery recycling workshop. She cleans carbon rods that come out of the center of D-size dry cell batteries. Her mother Noor -19 years old- also works in same workshop. Both mother and daughter have to work to supplement family’s income to assure survival.
  • Making sure not to touch it to her lips, Minara -13 years old- drinks water from a steel mug that everyone who works at the battery recycling workshop shares. She studied up to grade 5. She has stopped going to school since she started working in the workshop. She said. “My education did not help me a bit. One does not need to pass grade 5 to break batteries or clean carbon rods. I wish I could be a doctor, but tell me what is the point of wishing such non-sense. No benefit for such wishing. Is there any?
  • Kulsum -14 years old- sweats due to heat and humidity in battery recycling workshop in Dhaka where she works from 7am to 7pm. When asked if she dreams, Kulsum said, "Dream what? I don't dream. I get so exhausted by the end of the day, I just sleep. I think I will break batteries as long as I can, or maybe I will do something else."
  • While their mothers work in battery recycling workshop, older children are usually responsible to look after their younger siblings, and often means used to do so could be very inadequate, cruel and dangerous. The environment in and around the workshop is full of carbon dust and other waste. Children play in the factory area until they are tired and ready to sleep.
  • Treating it as an ordinary balloon, a young boy blows a used condom by blowing air into it, outside a battery recycling workshop in Dhaka district. Most children who either work or play near workshop area, have chest and eye infection. Environment is so polluted, most children suffer from one or more kinds of infections all the time.
  • Sathi’s -8 years old- face is blacked with carbon dust from recycled batteries. She earns less than USD$ 3.5 per month. She lives with her mother and older sister in a little rented bamboo structure constructed over the river Buriganga. All 3 together make around USD$ 15 per month.
  • As she cleans the carbon rods from exhausted D-cell batteries, Marjina holds her young child on her lap and gently lulls her to sleep. She migrated from the countryside to Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh with her son and four daughters after her husband died. "Regardless of how hard my children and I work, we accumulate more and more debt every month. I don’t know what to do. I have nothing that I can sell to pay off my debts.”
  • An infant sleeps on a piece of jute bag. As child is very young, her mother that works in the factory, brings him along so she can look after him while she works. Many women bring their children along so they can look after them while working. However, the quality of childcare that is possible in and around the workshop area leaves much to desire for.
  • Women and children in these workshops face some of the worst condition of life anywhere in the world. None of the children go to school. In the process of breaking the batteries they inhale carbon dust from the batteries throughout the day. Although they work hard and need nutritious food, they hardly eat much. It’s amazing that they still look happy and manage to crack a smile every now and then.