A Recycling Plant Gives Disabled Employees a Shot at Rewarding Work

The Recycling of Souls is moving documentary portrait of a recycling facility in Warsaw, Poland, that employs people with learning disabilities and mental health issues. The program is run by EKON, an organization that pairs disabled people with green jobs. For people who might not find jobs otherwise, the opportunity provides not just a salary but community and friends. Piotr Malecki, a Polish photojournalist, blends still images and video interviews to tell this story. Malecki produced the short with Panos Pictures as part of a series of vignettes about Warsaw and describes the ongoing project in an interview with the Atlantic Video channel.

For more work by Piotr Malecki, visit http://piotrmalecki.com/.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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