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23 November 2017

Episode 319

30 minutes


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Waste management and recycling are essential components of what makes a city work for its citizens. This week we get down and dirty to find out how cities deal with different types of waste.

23 November 2017

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Chapter 1

8 minutes


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Chapter 1

Johannesburg: informal waste-pickers

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When cities and countries fail to deal with their rubbish it may mean that informal waste-pickers and recyclers pick up the slack – and the trash.

8 minutes

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Chapter 2

7 minutes


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Chapter 2

Paris: reducing food waste

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France wastes upwards of 10 million tonnes of food every year so when the government announced a ban on food chains dumping their surplus produce many in the capital got creative.

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Chapter 3

6 minutes

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Chapter 3

Vienna: MA48

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Vienna’s rubbish-collectors go about their business with a spring in their step. In fact, it’s the most popular department within the city council.

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