15 episodes

How much food does the average household throw out each year? Do plastic bags really get recycled? How much food is being wasted before it gets to the supermarket shelves? A war on waste has begun to find the truth behind the way our nation manages waste, and what we can do about it. Join Craig Reucassel (The Chaser) and Wendy Harmer (ABC Sydney Mornings), as they explore the big issues in waste management, talk to those behind change, and learn how every little bit can make a difference.

War on Wast‪e‬ ABC Podcasts

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 197 Ratings

How much food does the average household throw out each year? Do plastic bags really get recycled? How much food is being wasted before it gets to the supermarket shelves? A war on waste has begun to find the truth behind the way our nation manages waste, and what we can do about it. Join Craig Reucassel (The Chaser) and Wendy Harmer (ABC Sydney Mornings), as they explore the big issues in waste management, talk to those behind change, and learn how every little bit can make a difference.

    Bonus: The War on Waste live debate

    Bonus: The War on Waste live debate

    The first series got us thinking about recycling and where our rubbish ends up, but has the #WarOnWaste helped Australians reduce, recycle and reuse? Or, is it a load of rubbish? Those are the questions Craig Reucassel put to a group of ABC Radio Melbourne presenters in the first War on Waste live debate. Team Affirmative; Richelle Hunt, Hilary Harper and Anthony "Lehmo" Lehman, go head to head with Team Negative; Jon Faine, Jacinta Parsons and Sami Shah.

    • 55 min
    Information for new recruits

    Information for new recruits

    Welcome, recruit! If you’re new to the War on Waste, jump back to episode 1 and join the fray.

    • 1 min
    Turning the tide

    Turning the tide

    Craig and Wendy take a look at how the War on Waste has changed our habits and what still needs to be done to reduce what we throw away.

    • 8 min
    The secret of found food

    The secret of found food

    You might not realise it, but you’re surrounded by plants and animals you can eat – even if you live in a big city!

    • 23 min
    Ladies, we need to talk about waste

    Ladies, we need to talk about waste

    In this special ladies-only episode of War on Waste, Wendy Harmer and guest host Yumi Stynes explore waste-free ways to manage your period.

    • 21 min
    A (tiny, green) home to call your own

    A (tiny, green) home to call your own

    The larger your living space, the more stuff – and the more waste! Wendy takes a peek at a tiny house and Craig asks Joost Bakker, how can construction practices change to make it easier to reclaim materials?

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
197 Ratings

197 Ratings

carlyhefflovesgheff ,

One of my favourite topics!

I would love an update! Recycling in 2020? Return and earn ... is it working? Love to know the percentage of use now compare to the beginning? Is it worth doing...is it getting recycled? Thank you!

Thesusig ,

Fantastic!

Everyone needs to listen to this podcast! It is educational, eye opening and absolutely packed full of useful and practical tips to help individuals reduce their waste!

Francois P., Australia ,

Very informative, exactly what the world needs!

Succinct, factual, taking a seemingly boring yet so important matter with a note of humour. Some gold nuggets for anyone who is looking into reducing their waste, and most importantly the crucial information people need to know about waste management and some of its related myths being dispelled (e.g coffee cups aren’t recyclable!). Maybe addressing more specific subjects such as dos and don’ts in recycling could help on the education side, or taking a couple of listeners questions on each episode? Keep up the good work guys we (and future generations) NEED YOU!

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