Road Wisdom: Recycling in Mali

~ When traveling in Mali, don’t throw away your empty bottles! Local children line up to collect them for carrying and storing water and oil. They will ask for it in French by yelling “Bouteille!”. The same goes for cans and other metal scrap, they are used to make toys. So don’t crush, but collect! ~

Toys made from scrap by Malinese children
© Siel Wellens, 2014

Drinking one last sip before giving the bottle to the children ~ Mali
© Siel Wellens, 2009

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