New York Scavengers
by J.K. Putnam

While many industrious urban denizens have taken to the scavenger life as an alternative lifestyle choice, there are all too many people who have no choice in the matter. New York City recycles 11,000 tons of trash per day. What doesn’t get picked up by city workers is collected as “mongo,” slang used to describe garbage salvaged from streets or trash heaps. The term is also applied to the scavengers. Through interviews and photographs documenting their work and lifestyle, New York Scavengers aims to explain the why and how of mongo making use of the things that we don’t want because they have no other choice.

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