War on Plastic (May ’19)

It seems like barely a day goes by without another shocking revelation on how we are laying waste to or polluting the natural resources of our planet but at last the message seems to be getting through and if recent victories for environmental parties in local & European elections are an indication this is not something those in charge can sweep under the carpet as the ‘loony fringe’ any more.

From government rulings to ban specific plastic products and consultations on deposit return schemes to increasing retailer recognition that this is an area that makes a significant difference to their customers buying decisions inroads are being made in many areas – and not before time!

A number of BBC documentaries have served to highlight the issues in the past, from the final episode of Blue Planet II to a weeks’ worth of Blue Planet Live & one-off documentaries such as ‘Drowning in Plastic‘ and now comes a new series hosted by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Countryfile’s Anita Rani.

War on Plastic is a 3 part series investigating where our waste products go – and if it is being correctly recycled and the environmental impacts of our obsession with convenience at the expense of a sustainable future.

The UK exports hundreds of thousands of tons of plastic waste, primarily to China until 2018 when their government banned it with Malaysia taking their place & receiving 130,000 tons in the last year; they also are planning a ban which begs the question where next?

War on Plastic starts at 9pm on BBC1 on Monday 10th June, 2019.