History Of Waste Production For The BBC World Service

  • 8th January 2019

We have produced a new three-part documentary series for the BBC World Service. The History Of Wastefulness, which is presented by Australian journalist Alexandra Spring, explores how our relationship with rubbish has evolved over time.

Across three episodes, Alexandra travels from the ancient rubbish heaps of Rome to the multi-million pound recycling centres of San Francisco, to discover how our current battle with rubbish has been shaped by our wasteful past.

The first episode, which is broadcast this week, focuses on the earth’s current trash challenge and how trillions of micro plastic particles have created a sea-sized portion of plastic soup in the Pacific Ocean.

The History Of Wastefulness is the latest in a number of programmes that we have produced for the World Service and other BBC networks including Radio 1, Radio 2 and 5 live.