Plastic containers on rooftop in Shire Inda Selassie in Tigray Region, Northern Ethiopia, 2015. In the background is an incomplete concrete brick building. The population of Shire Inda Selassie was 47 000 in 2007 and by 2015 it had grown by almost 80% to 70, 800 (http://www.citypopulation.de/Ethiopia.html).
Studies1 corroborate this visual yanecdotal evidence that a significant number of people depend on the collection and recycling of plastics as an informal means of income. This informal economy is one the government ignores.
Bjerkil 2005 Cycle of Plastic Waste. Masters Thesis. Norwegian University of Science and Technology