Spent a few days this July in Mumbai scouting out a story that didn’t pan out, but the time I spent walking around Dharavi was illuminating to say the least. Its’ dense, narrow, alleyways are crowded with people, animals, and the biggest collection of plastics and metals I have ever seen. Huge bags stacked 20 feet high line the alleyways, waiting their respective turn to be grounded up into pellets and melted down into bars. It is a bizarre thing for western eyes to behold, as nothing comes close in comparison. While they are chaotic, low-paying, extremely dangerous, and questionably environmentally conscious, the recycling facilities are entirely indispensable to Mumbai, allegedly recycling up to 85% of all the cities waste.