The Secret Life of Landfill: A Rubbish History

BBC (1 x 90 mins)

Winner of 2019 RTS Scotland Best Documentary and Specialist Factual: Science and Natural History Award

Nominated for The Grierson Awards 2019 Best Science Documentary

In a unique science ‘experiment’, Dr George McGavin and Dr Zoe Laughlin tell the extraordinary history of rubbish and explore how what we throw away tells us about the way we live our lives.

With unprecedented access to one of the UK’s largest landfill sites, the team of experts spend 3 days carrying out tests all over the site revealing the secret world of rubbish.

They also carry out three other ‘archaeological’ digs into historic landfills to chart the evolution of our throwaway society. Ultimately, their quest is to discover if the stuff we throw away today has any value for tomorrow’s world?