War on Waste

War on Waste


How much food does the average household throw out each year? Do plastic bags really get recycled? How much food is being wasted before it gets to the supermarket shelves? A war on waste has begun to find the truth behind the way our nation manages waste, and what we can do about it. Join Craig Reucassel (The Chaser) and Wendy Harmer (ABC Sydney Mornings), as they explore the big issues in waste management, talk to those behind change, and learn how every little bit can make a difference.


How to buy nothing new  

The best way to prevent something going to landfill is to never buy it in the first place, but in a world of short-lived electronics and two-for-one deals it can be hard to resist!

A mid-season pause in hostilities  

The War on Waste podcast is taking a mid-season break while Craig films the second part of the TV series. Keep sending your handy hints to waronwaste@abc.net.au and we’ll see you again on the 21st of September.

Test-tube fabrics & ol skool op shopping  

Six tonnes of clothes are thrown out every ten minutes, so what can we do to change that?

Plastic bags and a sewerage expedition  

The big two supermarkets have announced they’re going to ban the plastic bag, but with what they’re implementing, will it make much of a difference, or is it just a PR stunt? Craig and Wendy get the latest from environmental campaigner, Jeff Angel. Plus, Craig gets to the bottom of the dog poo bag fiasco by visiting a sewerage plant.

Compost secrets, happy worms & flushable dog poo bags  

Craig throws on a lab coat to investigate if flushable dog poo bags really dissolve in water.  Will he be satisfied with the answer? Wendy learns all about the ‘Compost Revolution’ with David Gravina and gardening guru Judy Horton visits Craig at home to give tips on composting. Does his humus pass muster?

New Ol’ Shoes & The Fixit Revolution  

How many times have you thrown out a pair of shoes or a suitcase because they’re no good anymore?

Keep cups and vintage knits  

Just how recyclable are disposable coffee cups? Australians love drinking coffee, but how is this affecting our landfill? Craig and Wendy learn all about the grassroots movement that’s revolutionising this morning ritual.

Quick pickles & pineapple skin mocktails  

There are so many creative ways to reduce food waste around the home.

The War On Waste begins!  

Craig and Wendy are passionate about waste. But why?

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