In this edition of Weekender, we take a moment to consider the packaging that we get from supermarkets when we go shopping. Is it all really necessary and, given the negative impact waste has on our environment, how can we help to reduce it?
We hear from Britain's Environment Minister, Ben Bradshaw, who was recently caught out when he and his household didn't recycle their waste properly. He has some tips for us!
Before you listen to the programme look at these comprehension questions - you'll hear the answers during the programme. There is also an mp3 download and script available, below.
1: Why did Ben Bradshaw and his household make a mistake with their recycling?
2: If we have too many plastic bags, what can we do with them?
3: What does the expression 'pay as you throw' mean?
4: Who does Ben say we can complain to about over-wrapped supermarket goods?
Vocabulary from the programme
materials that goods are wrapped in for sale, e.g. paper, plastic, cardboard
the officials, here, people in charge of local recycling
lessen, make a smaller amount of
items that cannot be used to make new things and cannot be used as they are by other people
has more wrapping on than is necessary
ridiculously, shockingly, in a silly way
legal, court proceedings
legal cases where people or organisations have been proven guilty
Try the comprehension questions
Programme script (pdf - 21 k)
Download this programme (mp3 - 1.8 mb)
News story on recycling
Guardian newspaper article on Ben Bradshaw's views*
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