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In pictures: A day in the life of Wenzhou

Mrs Zhang, 68, sorts waste plastics into different piles at a trash collection and recycling area on the edge of central Wenzhou.

She says: "I often do not make enough money to eat. I earn no more than 10 RMB ($1.24) per day, sometimes as little as RMB 3 a day."

Her home does have electricity, but her water comes from a well. "Although we know it's polluted, there is nothing we can do," she says.

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