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12 Mar 2017

Peniley Ramírez, Univisión

Recycling misery: How Coca-Cola profits from garbage collected by Mexican children

The three Herrera siblings are minors who help their parents make a living by collecting garbage. They live with their parents in a cardboard and wooden house, with a dirt floor, surrounded by mountains of plastic waste and decomposing food in the Bordo of Xochiaca, a garbage dump outside Mexico City. Every morning before dawn, Anely, 10, Gerardo, 9, and Erika, 8, walk from home to the dump to help their parents sort the garbage in search of plastic bottles. They are part of a lucrative supply chain run by Coca-Cola and seven Mexican bottling companies…