On the outskirts of Beijing lies Dong Xiao Kou village. Once a small farming community, the village is now little more than an enormous rubbish tip.

Getty Images photojournalist Kevin Frayer visited the village to record the daily lives of the people who live and work there.

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A woman sorts plastic items into cratesKevin Frayer/Getty Images
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Plastic mannequin heads and other items lie on the ground in Dong Xiao Kou villageKevin Frayer/Getty Images
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Chickens walk around Dong Xiao Kou village as labourers load cardboard onto a truck to be recycledKevin Frayer/Getty Images
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A man adds more plastic bottles to a huge pile that needs to be sortedKevin Frayer/Getty Images

Residents make their living by collecting and recycling waste – from paper and plastics to electrical and electronic waste such as old fridges, TV sets and computers.

The waste is collected from homes and businesses in the capital and then manually sorted by hundreds of workers and their families in the village.

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A man wheels collected goods through Dong Xiao Kou villageKevin Frayer/Getty Images
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Labourers sort old televisions and computer monitorsKevin Frayer/Getty Images
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Sparks fly as man takes apart scrap metal itemsKevin Frayer/Getty Images
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Men sort paper to be recycled in Dong Xiao Kou villageKevin Frayer/Getty Images

The number of people involved in the process is unknown, as most are unlicensed migrant workers from surrounding provinces.

Labourers have to deal with poor infrastructure and sanitation facilities, in addition to dangers associated with handling e-waste.

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A man stands on a truck loaded with appliances to be recycledKevin Frayer/Getty Images
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Workers sort mixed plastics into cratesKevin Frayer/Getty Images
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Discarded computer and electronics parts wait to be recycledKevin Frayer/Getty Images
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A man waits to have his collected goods weighed before they are soldKevin Frayer/Getty Images

The village is now facing demolition to make way for an ambitious urbanisation plan, and residents are worried about losing their homes and work.