Turkish trash collectors open library with discarded books

Jan 27, 2018, 12:05 PM EST
(Source: emiliecollins24/flickr)
(Source: emiliecollins24/flickr)

Isn’t it painful to see books rotting in filth? Thousands of books tossed in trash could have succumbed to an early death at landfill sites but for the efforts of a group of sanitation workers in Turkey, this artwork continues to live and thrive as a unique library in the Çankaya district of Ankara.

On one hand, so many people don’t have access to books and on the other, thousands of them perish in landfills every year, writes Tree Hugger. It is the vision of garbage collectors to salvage art from trash and present it for community use, which makes the story great.

The library features over 6,000 books, many rescued on their path to trash sites, while others donated by local residents, who have appreciated and encouraged the inspiring efforts of book-loving garbage collectors, notes Bustle.