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Thai 'scavengers club' turns trash to treasure

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Thai grandmother Nom Prom-on rummages through rubbish bins looking for bottles, cans and paper to trade for food and other goods at a recycling cooperative providing a lifeline for Bangkok's poor. 

Former scavenger Peerathorn Seniwong sorts rubbish at his recycling cooperative in Bangkok. By selling to the recycling plants in bulk, the cooperative created by Peerathorn gets a better rate than individual scavengers would manage on their own.

Riding an old motorcycle with a rubbish cart attached, the 61-year-old and her husband Rai rise early to beat rival scavengers to claim the best of the city's recyclable trash, which they take to a cash-free "zero baht shop".

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