A Load Of Rubbish

Graham Easton explores the culture of the British rubbish dump in conversations with workers, visitors and experts with an academic interest in our trash.

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Travel writer Ian Marchant explores the hidden infrastructure of rubbish.

1/5. Ian spends a day with Brent borough council's waste advisors, visiting households that are reluctant to comply with the counil's new compulsory recycling scheme.

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Travel writer Ian Marchant explores the hidden infrastructure of rubbish.

2/5. Ian visits Britain's first plastic bottle recycling factory and sees the machines that can tell the difference between a shampoo bottle and a milk bottle.

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Travel writer Ian Marchant explores the hidden infrastructure of rubbish.

3/5. Ian visits Ludlow to find out what happens to the food that gets thrown away at its gourmet restaurants.

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Travel writer Ian Marchant explores the hidden infrastructure of rubbish.

4/5. Ian meets the people who work on the rubbish trains that travel every night from Bristol and London to a landfill site in Buckinghamshire.

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5/5. Travel writer Ian Marchant explores the hidden infrastructure of rubbish.

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Ian Marchant spends a day with Brent borough council's waste advisors.

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Ian visits Britain's first plastic bottle recycling factory.

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Ian finds out what happens to the food thrown away at Ludlow's gourmet restaurants.

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Ian meets the people who work on the nightly rubbish trains.

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Travel writer Ian Marchant explores the hidden infrastructure of rubbish.

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Out of sight, out of mind - that's been our attitude to the rubbish we produce. But increasingly our noses are being rubbed in our waste. Travel writer Ian Marchant investigates the flip side of consumerism, starting in the London Borough of Brent, which is threatening to fine residents who fail to recycle their rubbish £1000.

. Ian Marchant spends a day with Brent borough council's waste advisors.

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Ian Marchant spends a day with Brent borough council's waste advisors.

Travel writer Ian Marchant explores the hidden infrastructure of rubbish.

1/5.

Ian spends a day with Brent borough council's waste advisors, visiting households that are reluctant to comply with the counil's new compulsory recycling scheme.

Out of sight, out of mind - that's been our attitude to the rubbish we produce.

But increasingly our noses are being rubbed in our waste.

Travel writer Ian Marchant investigates the flip side of consumerism, starting in the London Borough of Brent, which is threatening to fine residents who fail to recycle their rubbish £1000.

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Ian Marchant continues his investigation of our rubbish with a visit to Britain's first plastic bottle recycling factory capable of turning drinks bottles back into food grade plastic. Meet the machines that can tell the difference between a shampoo bottle and a milk bottle.

. Ian Marchant visits Britain's first plastic bottle recycling factory - and sees the future

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Ian visits Britain's first plastic bottle recycling factory.

Travel writer Ian Marchant explores the hidden infrastructure of rubbish.

2/5.

Ian visits Britain's first plastic bottle recycling factory and sees the machines that can tell the difference between a shampoo bottle and a milk bottle.

Ian Marchant continues his investigation of our rubbish with a visit to Britain's first plastic bottle recycling factory capable of turning drinks bottles back into food grade plastic.

Meet the machines that can tell the difference between a shampoo bottle and a milk bottle.

Ian Marchant visits Britain's first plastic bottle recycling factory - and sees the future

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Ian finds out what happens to the food thrown away at Ludlow's gourmet restaurants.

Travel writer Ian Marchant explores the hidden infrastructure of rubbish.

3/5.

Ian visits Ludlow to find out what happens to the food that gets thrown away at its gourmet restaurants.

Ian Marchant visits Ludlow, gourmet capital of England, to find out what happens to the food that gets thrown away.

It gets swallowed up by the country's first anaerobic digestion plant - once the knives and forks have been removed.

Ian Marchant visits Ludlow, and Britain's first anaerobic food digester.

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Ian meets the people who work on the nightly rubbish trains.

Travel writer Ian Marchant explores the hidden infrastructure of rubbish.

Ian meets the people who work on the rubbish trains that travel every night from Bristol and London to a landfill site in Buckinghamshire.

4/5.

It's not the romance of rail, but every night ghostly rubbish trains travel from Bristol and London to a landfill site deep in the Buckinghamshire countryside.

Just a few hours closure would cause a crisis in our cities.

Ian Marchant meets the people saving us from drowning in our own waste.

Ian Marchant visits a vast landfill site - unsung hero of the consumer society.

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Travel writer Ian Marchant explores the hidden infrastructure of rubbish.

Ian Marchant visits Newport, home of the country's biggest fridge graveyard, and sees them reduced to piles of shrapnel - along with televisions, cars and scrap metal.

Ian Marchant visits Newport, home of the country's biggest fridge graveyard.

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Ian Marchant visits Ludlow, gourmet capital of England, to find out what happens to the food that gets thrown away. It gets swallowed up by the country's first anaerobic digestion plant - once the knives and forks have been removed.

. Ian Marchant visits Ludlow, and Britain's first anaerobic food digester.

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It's not the romance of rail, but every night ghostly rubbish trains travel from Bristol and London to a landfill site deep in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Just a few hours closure would cause a crisis in our cities. Ian Marchant meets the people saving us from drowning in our own waste.

. Ian Marchant visits a vast landfill site - unsung hero of the consumer society.

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. Ian meets the people who work on the nightly rubbish trains.

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Ian Marchant visits Newport, home of the country's biggest fridge graveyard, and sees them reduced to piles of shrapnel - along with televisions, cars and scrap metal.

. Ian Marchant visits Newport, home of the country's biggest fridge graveyard.

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. Travel writer Ian Marchant explores the hidden infrastructure of rubbish.