The Recyclers: children creating music from garbage dumps


‘When there is a will, then there is a way’. The residents of Cateura, Paraguay, don’t just make a living from the massive garbage heap in their town, they also make music – crafting ingenious instruments from the trash.

Children made musical instruments out of garbage i.e used tins, canes, wood and other stuff, as buying a guitar is too expensive for them.

The best thing about music is, when it hits you, you feel no pain. By learning music, these children forget their pain and move ahead to chase their dream.

Landfill Harmonic Amazing and Inspirational

The Landfill Harmonic is an orchestra for kids with instruments made from garbage. A cello made from oil cane and pieces of wood, that were thrown in the garbage, a saxophone made of spoons and buttons. Nicolas, a ‘recycler’ with no previous experience of making musical instruments, who is living hand-to-mouth by the garbage dump in Catuera, Paraguay, crafts these instruments. Inspired by this initiative and creativity, Maestro Luis Szaran, director of Sounds of the Earth, formed the ‘recycled orchestra’, with children living near the dump.


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