Cape Town's informal recycling squad

Robert Thompson makes up to R150 a day recycling cardboard, paper and plastic in the city centre. Photo by Bernard Chiguvare.

Thompson, 47, who is originally from the Eastern Cape, lives on the street though his family is in Crossroads.

Every day he collects cardboard and paper from businesses in Roeland Square, from nearby Chinese shops and from other businesses near HBBC’s offices.