This Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency is focusing on environmental justice, the "fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people" when it comes to environmental regulations and policies.
Around the globe, waste can tell both an environmental and social story. Here are some reports of communities living in, among and off of others' trash:
India: 'Putrid Landscape'
The paper describes Ghazipur landfill as "a post-apocalyptic world where hundreds of pickers climb a 100-foot-high trash pile daily, dodging and occasionally dying beneath belching bulldozers that reshape the putrid landscape."