The History of Wastefulness

  • BBC World Service
  • DateJanuary 2019

Whatever you call it, there’s no escaping it.

The world now throws away over two billion tonnes of waste every year. Unless we see drastic change, it’s predicted that by 2100, we’ll be producing three times as much rubbish as we’re doing today.

Australian journalist Alexandra Spring is fascinated by this history of wastefulness, and how our relationship with rubbish has evolved over time.

Across three episodes, she’ll discover how our current battle with rubbish has been shaped by our wasteful past and what we can learn from previous ages to inform a better future.