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Released 2005
Episodes 534
Writer Heather Rogers
Length 19 minutes
The Hidden Life of Garbage is a short documentary about recycling and waste in the US, based on the book of the same name. Amongst the points made by Heather Rogers is how manufacturers collaborated to defeat efforts to prevent the switch away from sustainable and recyclable packaging such as glass bottles. A series of TV advertisements successfully introduced the concept of the 'litter lout', the film shows, as a way of shifting responsibility for pollution away from manufacturers on to consumers, to deflect criticism of their decision to embrace disposable packaging.