AIRDATE: Monday 2 November 2015 at 9.00pm on BBC One
Episode 1 (of 3)
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is on a mission to change the way we think about waste, by challenging the supermarkets and fast food industry to drastically reduce the amount of waste they generate.
We live in a country where one third of the food we produce never gets eaten and the average household bins £700 worth of food a year. Hugh believes that something needs to be done.
Armed with a wheelie bin, Hugh confronts ordinary shoppers in a supermarket. He’s going to try and take their shopping off them before they’ve even left the store – if they’re only going to throw it away later in the week, why not save them the bother of even taking it home?
Then he heads to a parsnip farm in Norfolk, where he uncovers the truth about the supermarkets’ strict cosmetic standards: any slightly imperfect fruit or veg are rejected. Hugh is determined to try and help the farmers by getting the supermarkets to change their practices, but when he requests an interview with one of the big four supermarkets he realises that things aren’t going to be as easy as he’d hoped.
In a bid to get everyone in the country to think more about how much food we throw away, Hugh visits Prestwich in Greater Manchester and goes undercover as a bin man. Poking through people’s bins, he sees first-hand just how much stuff is thrown away which shouldn’t be. He challenges the residents to drastically reduce the amount they throw away, and offers them tips and tricks to help them save food and money. Some of the residents join in willingly, and an active online community starts up.
But the sceptics need more persuading, so Hugh takes them all to a recycling plant so they can see what actually happens – in the place most of them think doesn’t even exist.