More than a third of the rubbish we throw away could be recycled, some of it time and time again. At BBC Radio Humberside we recently got to grips with the increasing amount of waste that we produce. We investigated where it comes from and more importantly what happens to it.
The whole issue of waste disposal always appears to be controversial. In early December it was announced that an incinerator to burn waste from Hull and the East Riding could be built at Saltend. Graham Stuart, the MP for Beverley and Holderness, has set up a campaign against the incinerator. But, even he acknowledges how difficult it is to get rid of rubbish. Landfill is still the most common way to dispose of waste, with households in England alone sending 25 million tonnes a year to the tips.
It's possible to recycle 80 per cent of what's in our supermarket trolleys yet figures show we're struggling to reach even 25 per cent of that ideal figure. The recycling facilities available in any particular neighbourhood inevitably make a difference, but can we do more ourselves in terms of the choices we make in the shops?
I've been round to have a look at what Look North presenter Peter Levy's got in his waste bin. Take a listen to what I discovered whilst rummaging around Peter's leftovers.