Tongli Village

Recycling and directions all in one happy package. These women are retired and work when they want. They collect water bottles to recycle. They enjoy meeting lots of different people from different countries and like the excuse to get out of the house.

They don't make a lot of money but enough to make it worth the effort. That said, when you recycle your bottles, remove the ring from the top of the bottle and puncture it with a pen or pen knife. Recycling is an important part of the Chinese economy, but so is counterfeit water. These women are just what they appear to be, elsewhere it may not be the case.

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