US ‘trash is treasure in Indonesian village,’ even paper

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US ‘trash is treasure in Indonesian village,’ even paper

November 03, 2019 - 23:12
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BANGUN, Indonesia, Nov. 3, 2019 (Los Angeles Times) -Few Americans have heard of this village, wedged between peanut farms and a paper mill on the island of Java. But the people here have gained an intimate familiarity with the United States — by rooting around in its trash.

They have combed through ripped sleeves of Oreos, empty packages of Trader Joe’s meatballs, discarded “Lord of the Rings” DVDs and dented plastic shampoo bottles. They have even discovered the occasional $20 bill.

“It’s amazing sometimes,” marveled 43-year-old Eko Wahyudi, “what American people throw away.”

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