Today a handfull of Roma occupy jobs shunned by Romanians : rubbish collection, road works or sweeping streets. For all the other “un-employed” Roma their only option is to sell recycled goods (paper, cardboard, metal, glass) found in dustbins or more often than not on municipal rubbish dumps. Seven days a week, night and day, men, women and children sift through tonnes of rubbish poured out an army of trucks. The work carried out by the children combined with the social benefit that each family is entitled to for their children’s education represent an important source of income ; important enough for many Roma to have as many children as possible.
The 50 families that comprise the Dallas community survive exclusively from what they find on Cluj Napoca’s municipal rubbish dump. Dallas got its name from the american television series because of the numerous love intrigues and internal disputes and also because this slum’s poverty and misery could not be further from the serie’s opulence.