02 Jul '12, 1am

We enjoyed reading chinatownboy's poignant entry on the old business of recycling

While it is rare these days, there still are such people who probably only know this trade and it keeps them alive, perhaps, on top of any aid that they might receive. In the old days, these people, doing such work could raise a family. I met an old man who would collect what was thrown away within the block of flats and patiently cart them to sell. Through such efforts he has raised his family. One day, he even proudly told me that he had a son who was doing his PhD. Alas, after I met him once with a domestic help after he had suffered a stroke (probably his children were already working and taking care of him, but then, old habits die hard), I never saw him again. There was also another man, who probably is now in his late 70s or 80s, who still carry on this “trade”. In his typical blue shirt and pants (like those one could remember seeing in the 50s of the Tng-Sua (Tang...

Full article: http://yesterday.sg/reflections/the-old-recyclers/

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