Rubbish. It’s not exactly a sexy topic, but BBC2’s fly-on-the-wall show about Newcastle’s binmen has been a surprisingly absorbing watch. Observing what happens to all the stuff we throw away provided a shocking insight into just how wasteful we really are, and the camaraderie between the men on-screen was funny and heartwarming. Above all, it made you truly respect those who do the job.
In yesterday’s final episode we got a look at the Byker waste-processing plant where they transform 100 tonnes of uneaten food into compost every single day. Every day! It was enough to make you race to your fridge and guzzle down those soft, sad-looking tomatoes you’d forgotten about. The sheer amount of waste we generate outraged plenty of viewers, and got others calling for a little less careless throwing-away, and a lot more recycling.
— Linda Smith (@VirtualGirlLS) May 12, 2015
— Iona Howell (@iona_howell) May 12, 2015
— Icy Sedgwick (@IcySedgwick) May 5, 2015
Watching #wastemen on BBC. Narrator just said ‘in Britain we’re doing everything we can to increase recycling’ – no we’re not.
— Morgan Hope Phillips (@MorganHPhillips) May 4, 2015
— Ryan Sheehan (@R_Sheehan_92) April 30, 2015
— Patchy (@MissCJPatchy) May 12, 2015
so much respect for those #Wastemen – opened my eyes – I will be better at recycling….
— Carole Ann Hall (@Carolelove) April 28, 2015
#wastemen programme BBC 2 makes you realise how wasteful we are as society. Surely charity shops would benefit from some of stuff!
— Microplastics (@Microplastics1) May 5, 2015
Sad, funny, uplifting, heartbreaking .. Brilliant.
— Fuckface Jack ❤♠ (@CheNirvana) May 5, 2015
— Dean Kennett (@deankennett) May 12, 2015
Newcastle pays Sweden to burn its rubbish which provides electricity for Sweden. Why don’t we do it for our own electricity? #wastemen
— Gary Mills (@gazmi66) May 12, 2015
And as the Twitter debates about rubbish raged on, this excellent suggestion caught RadioTimes.com’s eye. BBC2 commissioners, if you’re reading…
— Lisa W (@UKLisaW) April 28, 2015