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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Bagram’s million-dollar trash economy: 70 tons of trash a day sorted by hand | Stars and Stripes

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The heaps of garbage made at the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan fuel a million-dollar economy that has curbed the use of open burn pits linked to medical issues among both locals and international troops.

The sprawling base, home to thousands of troops and civilians, makes about 70 tons of trash each day on average, which Afghan workers sort by hand. Over the years they’ve plucked out items like classified documents, live grenades, medical needles, detonating cord and even swords, setting them aside so that they don’t move beyond the base.

Each month, trash workers also find hundreds of uniforms, contractors said, which troops are supposed to toss into special containers so they can be destroyed to keep them from reaching militants.

Source: Bagram’s million-dollar trash economy: 70 tons of trash a day sorted by hand | Stars and Stripes

 

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