An observational BBC series, co-produced by The Open University (OU), takes a revealing look at refuse disposal
A fascinating new BBC/OU co-production Wastemen, which starts today (Tuesday 28 April), takes a look at what we throw away on a daily basis in the UK and what happens to it after it goes off in the refuse truck.
Britain generates enough waste to fill the Albert Hall every hour and this three-part series on BBC2 challenges our thinking of what should be put on the rubbish heap.
The first episode focuses on the refuse collectors and council officials in Newcastle who are waging a war on waste and trying to introduce some new initiatives. Episode Two returns to the North East where we discover that one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure, with thought-provoking revelations. The third and final episode shows how Newcastle and the North East are leading the way in sourcing solutions to the problems of mounting waste and show viewers how new developments could change waste disposal for the better.
The Open University’s academic consultant to the programme, Dr Rajiv Prabhakar, lecturer in personal finance, said: “This series shows that clearing up rubbish depends on so many men and women. Their actions show that there is more to waste than simply rubbish, and we see that waste disposal can offer us a glimpse of how society is changing.”
Viewers can continue the learning journey with the OU and access material to accompany the series and/or follow links to our courses. To find out more: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/whats-on/tv/wastemen-one-mans-rubbish-one-mans-treasure
There is also a fun quiz for learners to test their knowledge of waste:
Wastemen (3x60) was commissioned by Clare Sillery for the BBC. The Executive Producer is Sacha Mirzoeff. The Series was commissioned for The Open University by Dr Caroline Ogilvie, Head of Broadcast. The University’s Academic Consultant was Dr Rajiv Prabhakar.
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