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Monday, 04 June 2012 - 10:34
Brazil's biggest rubbish dump closes
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Brazil's biggest open-air landfill has been closed on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro after 34 years in operation.

The dump, a mountain of rubbish near the city's main airport, will be replaced by a modern recycling plant.

The move, while welcomed by environmentalists, is expected to leave more than 1,700 people out of work.

For decades, rubbish pickers have made their living by manually selecting materials to be recycled.

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