“War on Waste” is a primetime ABC TV documentary that tackles the topic of Waste in Australia.
In the 1960’s, Australians were considered amongst the best in the world when it came to the ways they dealt with waste. Many recycling programs – especially those involving paper and newspaper – were pioneered in Australia and expanded into other areas in the years thereafter. And in the late-60’s and 1970’s, the launch of the ‘Keep Australia Beautiful’ campaign put the issue of waste at the forefront of the national consciousness.
All of this changed dramatically in the last 20 years. As our population grew by 28 %, the amount of waste we produce skyrocketed by 170 % and now Australia is amongst the top waste producing nations on this planet.
In this new four-part documentary series, presenter Craig Reucassel is on a mission to find out how we’ve become a nation of wasters.
Through a series of interviews, and stunts will take a critical and first-hand look at every aspect of the issue of household, retail and farming waste in Australia – and ask, what has changed in the Australian psyche, and in our consumer culture, that has led us to become among the most wasteful nations on Earth?
We’ll ask why Australians are generating millions of tonnes more waste every year – in food, fashion, packaging and more.
We’ll discover the truth about where various kinds of waste actually end up, and more importantly find out how we clean up the mess we’ve created?