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Director Lucy Walker spent months filming the stories of garbage pickers working at Rio de Janeiro's Jardim Gramacho, one of the world's largest landfills, for her 2011 Academy Award-nominated documentary, Waste Land. After her Waste Land experience, Lucy set out to learn what happens to Los Angeles' garbage with social innovators Max Lugavere and Jason Silva. (Make sure to watch the video at the end of the slideshow!)

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Most days, the 405/110 freeway interchange reminds commuters of how populated Los Angeles really is. However, fewer of the city's 3.8 million residents know that the City of Los Angeles Sanitation Department of Public Works collects over 1 million tons of refuse annually.
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