Last night, Helen and I watched Waste Land. It is a documentary about the people who live and work in the largest land fill site in Brazil, where 7000 tons of domestic waste is deposited every day.
Most of the people there have had astonishingly difficult lives and work in the filthiest environment imaginable, picking recyclable material from the rubbish and selling it. They are thus doing an important function. For many of the 3000 "pickers", they had to choose between this, prostitution and joining a drug gang. They speak with pride about doing an important thing and not having made worse choices.
The film was driven by the international artist Vik Muniz who went there to take portraits of the people which could be sold in art galleries, and the proceeds be fed back to the pickers.
It is one of those rare films that has the power to make people think differently about the world, and I highly recommend it. There are moments that will make you cry, and moments that may make you proud to be human, and it will probably make you see rubbish differently.
So, I have put a picture of some rubbish at the top of this post "blowing in the wind".