Hong Kong’s ‘cardboard grannies’: the elderly box collectors living in poverty

Author: The Guardian


Brief Summary

Inadequate support for Hong Kong’s ageing population means for some older citizens, scavenging and selling boxes.

With no savings, family support, sufficient pension or social security income, for “cardboard grannies” selling cardboard has become only means of scraping by.


Recycling as a source of income for seniors who are facing poverty

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