Some 40 people stand ankle-deep in used plastic bottles in the yard of a recycling station in Taipei, stamping them flat in the first step of a process that will transform the junk into usable goods.
A volunteer of the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation sorts through plastic bottles at a recycling plant in Taipei on February 28, 2013. Tzu Chi runs 5,400 recycling stations across Taiwan with the help of more than 76,000 volunteers.
At the station operated by Taiwan's largest charity group Tzu Chi Foundation, hundreds of volunteers help sort and recycle plastic waste along with used glass bottles and electronic appliances.
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