A towering dump is transformed into a mountain of opportunity for a community in the Philippines! Photojournalist and filmmaker Barbara Pyle travels to the Payatas dumpsite outside Manila to see first hand the work of the world’s ultimate recyclers. The people of Payatas scour the dump every day to find and create sellable products. Meet Nilo who makes dustpans from tin cans that he finds at the dump. Nilo’s products are so popular, he gets a loan to help start his own store.
The loans are part of a micro-enterprise lending program set up by Father Bebot, a local priest, to help the people of Payatas build new lives. However a major obstacle remains for all the people in this community. None own the land where they live. Pyle meets a woman who is trying to change that... Me-An Ignacio. She says, “My biggest frustration here in our country is that they have not realized the value of the waste pickers.” Pyle meets Boy, a former waste picker, who understands the value of recycling first hand. He is the leader of the Waste Recyclers Association and works with Me-An and Father Bebot to protect the rights of the waste pickers.