Life in the Dumps of Guatemala.

From sun up to sun down countless families live and work in the garbage dumps surrounding Antigua, Guatemala. Mothers with their small children on their backs spend endless hours sifting through the dumps in search of items such as plastic bottles and metal wiring to resell in order to make a meager living. Children as young as 6 spend their days alongside their family searching for these items.
Men unload garbage in the Alotenango dump in Guatemala.

 

Life in the Dumps of Guatemala.

Workers join stray dogs to rummage through the El Tejar Garbage Dump outside Antigua, Guatemala, searching for items to sell.

 

Life in the Dumps of Guatemala.

Workers ride a garbage truck into the Escuintla Dump in Guatemala in order to get the first chance to scavenge through the items the truck drops off.

 

Life in the Dumps of Guatemala.

An older woman takes that which she has gathered up for resale while working in the Escuintla dump in Guatemala.

 

Life in the Dumps of Guatemala.

A man sorts bottles plastic bottles he collected in the Alotenango garbage dump.

 

Life in the Dumps of Guatemala.

Works sort through the Esquintla garbage dump in search of items to resell.

 

Life in the Dumps of Guatemala.

A worker sorts through burning garbage in the Esquintla garbage dump in search of items to resell.

 

Life in the Dumps of Guatemala.

Workers rummage through a recently discarded load in the El Tejar dump searching for items to resell.

 

Life in the Dumps of Guatemala.

A young mother searches through the Alotenango Dump for items to salvage with her young child on her back.

 

Life in the Dumps of Guatemala.

The hands of a young child no older than ten that works in the dump alongside his family coiling found wire.

 

Life in the Dumps of Guatemala.

A man takes a midday break in a shack in the Escuintla dump where he works searching the dump for items to resell.

 

Life in the Dumps of Guatemala.

Portrait of a young girl who lives with her family in the Escuintla garbage dump in Guatemala.