Scavenging for Dummies.

What is scavenging?

Scavenging is the act of gathering useful materials from discarded material.  Traditionally, scavengers gather junk items to sell and trade or reuse it themselves.

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Scavengers can be found everywhere in the world. It is estimated that 1-2% of the world’s population become scavengers to survive (Bartone, 1988). Most scavengers are those who have low levels of formal education or are part of the disadvantaged (Schenck & Blaauw, 2011).

Nonetheless there+ are many benefits that scavengers bring to the society! Not in the least, they have a huge positive impact on the environment through their recycling of waste materials. While all this sounds pretty good, there is a lesser known fact that scavengers also bring some detriment to society. These take shape in the form of social stigma, occupational hazards and risk of disease spread (Binion & Gutberlet, 2012).

This blog will shed some light into scavenging in Singapore. While many look at Singapore as a clean bustling city, many people work behind the scenes that leaves Singapore so very clean. Let’s take a closer look at these agents in action!

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