20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Sorting pet bottles

A worker at a recycling factory is dwarfed by a mountain of plastic as he sorts through the waste before it is recycled into new products. More than ten thousand plastic bottles are sorted here, amongst other plastic waste at the ten thousand square meter factory. The workers remove the stickers and labels from the bottles and arrange them by colour before they are sent to be converted into liquid plastic waste and recycled into new products. Once the plastic is melted it will be used to make products like plastic furniture, mugs, baskets, and toys.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh
Camera: Canon EOS R5
Copyright: © Azim Khan Ronnie