La Pintana is Chile’s unlikely climate champion: an impoverished neighbourhood plagued by crime and violence that recycles more than any other town in Chile. They turn residents’ vegetable waste into compost, used cooking oil into biodiesel and discarded cigarette ends into fertiliser – and they save money in the process.
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Leena Vuotovesi, the leader of environmental work in Europe’s greenest town, Ii in Finland, travels to Chile to compare recycling practices.
Leena meets locals who are keen to participate in building a circular economy and finds that La Pintana’s mayor, a woman with a mission to improve the local environment is key to driving the changes.
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Camera crew: Majo Lastra Araneda, Alex Miranda Pinto, Salvador Segovia Henríquez, Viterbo Jaime Romero Vera
Translators: Alvaro Carrasco and Tania Gelényi-Martínez
Producer: Erika Benke