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"The Great Recycler" by Liu Dao
TITLE "The Great Recycler" (回收)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA Oil painting on canvas, teakwood frame
DATE 2016
EXPOSURE "Wallism" at island6 ShGarden
CREDITS Jin Yun 金云 (painting) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (documentation & production supervisor) • András Gál (blurb)

For China’s population and their consumption has been increasing, it is not surprising that China has become the greatest trash producer in the world, although an average American dumps twice as much garbage as the average Chinese person does. But a lesser known fact is that China is the greatest trash importer as well. Millions of pieces of plastic, paper and metal that are collected for recycling in Europe and the United States end up here, adding to the 250 million tons of garbage produced locally each year. In the past decades a massive informal recycling industry transformed rural Chinese cities into recycling complexes of which the crew members are the scavengers. Many farmers and day laborers switched to this new lifestyle, roaming around the cities collecting trash, for they can earn more and experience wider freedom than working on farms and in factories. They have become a common sight all over the country. Washing machines, refrigerators, cell phones or old computers. If they find anything broken, they will buy it up in order to remove what still can be used or resold.

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