How a simple investment in skills and equipment transformed a waste collector’s future

As the only person able to earn an income in his family of nine, Tevelon works tirelessly. Collecting, sorting, and selling waste in his township of Rieger Park in Johannesburg.

As a waste collector, who also has a physical and mental disability, life is challenging for Tevelon who feels the pressure of supporting his family. Here, there are no formal waste collection or recycling services, and with high unemployment rates, people such as Tevelon support their families through waste-picking plastics which they take, by foot and in carrier bags, to their nearest buy-back centre.