ABC’s War On Waste wages on in new series

ABC’s landmark series War on Waste that opened Australia’s eyes to its staggering waste levels returns Thursday 24 July, with host Craig Reucassel (The Chaser’s War on Everything) returning to tackle new targets such as water bottles, e-waste, furniture waste, while touching on topics such as food waste and the recycling crisis.

In 2017, War on Waste reached an impressive 4.3 million viewers across the nation, proving to be ABC’s most successful social media campaign in the process. You may have seen the video on dumping edible bananas that attracted more than 20 million views.ABC Director of Entertainment & Specialist David Anderson commented on the series, stating “War on Waste highlights the ABC’s unrivalled capacity to spark national conversations and drive community action and social change that impacts the daily lives of Australians. The distinctively ABC series empowers people to take immediate steps to reduce their consumption of plastic and electronic goods, and wastage of coffee cups and food. Waste is a universal issue, it impacts everyone.”

The series managed to prove that Australians can indeed take easy and realistic steps in order to reduce the waste created within our daily lives, while encouraging big business and politicians to rethink their ongoing waste issues. The new series will look to explore our unhealthy reliance on plastic, such as single-use plastic bottles and straws that damage and clog our waterways, oceans and marine life.

Craig will also delve into the effects of e-waste, one of the more progressive and fastest growing types of waste. Tonnes of discarded laptops, phones and electronic goods influence higher levels of toxicity within landfills, leaching into the surrounding soil and water.

ABC’s War on Waste will premiere its second series 24 July, 2018.


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Matthew Arcari

Matthew Arcari is the games and technology editor at The AU Review. You can find him on Twitter at @sirchunkee, or at the Dagobah System, chilling with Luke and Yoda.