The stories of foreigners visiting Anlong Pi, the community located near a landfill did not surprise me. I have known and heard of similar situations happening in some Vietnamese provinces. I have seen children and elderly generations collecting water bottles, glasses, and any other recyclable items to exchange for money. However, I haven’t known any dump site that people spend their whole day scavenging for recyclable materials. The stories of Anlong Pi, a landfill not far from the Angkor Wat temple, where thousands of tourists, visitors, and scholars visit, has struck me.
They can earn only $1-2 on average everyday for their arduous work (about 8 pounds for one dollar).