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In pictures: A day in the life of Wenzhou
 

The shoe recycling facility in Nanbaixiang, outside Wenzhou, is one of the largest in China, with shoes arriving by the truckload from all over the country.

Xie Yu-bing heats rubber shoe soles so that the remaining upper sole can be easily ripped away using a pair of tongs. The rubber is then recycled.

He says: "I earn 30 RMB a day ($3.74) doing this work. I don't worry too much about the burning rubber fumes, but I am looking for another job".

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