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COSTING THE EARTH
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Thursday 21:00-21:30
Costing the Earth tells stories which touch all our lives, looking at man's effect on the environment and at how the environment reacts. It questions accepted truths, challenges the people in charge and reports on progress towards improving the world we live in.
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MIRIAM O'REILLY
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Thursday 18 Aug 2005
Miriam O'Reilly with Peter Jones from Biffa
Miriam O'Reilly meets Peter Jones from BIFFA

Dropping us all in it

In this week's edition of Costing the Earth, Miriam O'Reilly hears how Britain's growing litter mountain threatens to engulf the streets and local authority budgets of towns and cities across the land. Tough new legislation has made it an offence to drop litter in public spaces and waste disposal companies are beginning to come up with high tech solutions to process other people's carelessly discarded leftovers. The traditional way of dealing with rubbish has been to bury it in landfill sites but as Costing the Earth found out, there are some intriguing new ideas about how we deal with litter in the future.
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