Dursely, UK based refuse collection vehicle supplier, Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS) supplied the trucks for the fake dumping in the sea of tonnes of plastic waste for the BBC1 series War on Plastic.
The trucks feature in the opening sequence of episode one, which was aired earlier this month and shows a convoy of refuse vehicles, filled with plastic, driving to Whitmore Bay, Barry Island. The vehicles then appear to dump their loads straight into sea, whilst presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall explains that this is happening globally every minute.
The three-part series is about the use of plastics and the opening scene was designed to shock and engage viewers, to convey how much plastic is ending up in our oceans every day.
The producers describe it as a ‘bold, solution-driven series that we strongly hope will inspire positive change at every level, from individuals to big business to national policy.’
Obviously, the plastic was not actually dumped into the sea, and in reality the loads were really emptied into skips ‘hidden’ just underneath the promenade wall.
“We were really pleased to be involved in this show,” said Spencer Law, Managing Director at RVS. “I hope that it makes people think about, and change, the way they buy, use and dispose of plastic. I have been involved in the waste management sector for many years and it’s great to see that there has been a big shift to recycling especially in the commercial sector with many companies recycling 100% of their waste. Now it’s time for us as individuals to do our bit.”
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