We hope the film will demonstrate that by changing the way we live our lives, we can contribute to our own survival and well-being and ultimately that of the planet. 

Jeremy Irons 2012

Trashed was officially selected for the Cannes Film Festival where it had its premiere in 2012. Since when it has been shown in over 40 countries and by hundreds of caring communities around the world. So far it has screened at over sixty film festivals, been nominated for countless awards and won eight.

Thanks to the support of our some extraordinary campaigners the film has been shown at the Houses of Parliament in London, The Welsh Assembly, Scottish Parliament, House of the Oireachtas, the National Assembly France, European Parliament in Brussels, the New York Mayor’s Office as well as countless NGO’s.  It has influenced waste policy around the world.

You can see Trashed yourself by ordering the DVD from this website (here) or streaming it directly from our website (here).

To hold a screening, please visit our screening page where you should find all the information you need.

More about Trashed can be found on Wikipedia here

Jeremy Irons

Jeremy Irons is no stranger to taking centre stage, but he may have found his most important role as investigator and guide in TRASHED, Candida Brady’s new documentary feature for which Irons is the Executive Producer.

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Candida Brady

Multi-award winning screenwriter/producer/director/journalist Candida Brady has created award-winning programming and independent feature films for over twenty years.

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Renowned today as a pioneer in electronic music, Vangelis, without formal training, began playing piano at the age of four and by age six was giving public performances of his own compositions

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Titus Ogilvy

Titus Ogilvy has over 25 years experience in production in popular and specialist programming managing seven figure budgets and working on award winning shows at senior level.


Tabitha Troughton

Tabitha Troughton is a freelance investigative, features and foreign affairs journalist. She has written for, among others, the Guardian/Observer/Sunday Times/Independent/Morning Star and the Spectator.



  • EUROPE // Women living within three kilometers (two miles) of a hazardous waste landfill site have a 40 percent greater risk of conceiving a child with a chromosomal birth defect, such as Down’s syndrome. The findings are a companion to 1998 results suggesting a 33 percent increase in the risk of non-chromosomal birth anomalies such as spina bifida. Both studies were carried out under the European Commission funded “Eurohazcon” project, and involved epidemiological research in the vicinities of 23 landfills accepting hazardous waste in Denmark, Italy, Belgium, France and England. http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jan2002/2002-01-25-03.html http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(98)01352-X/abstract
  • UK // The impact of environmental pollution on congenital anomalies. (An Eurohazcon study) http://bmb.oxfordjournals.org/content/68/1/25.ful 
  • UK // Small Area Health Statistics Unit Study (August 2001): Some 80% of the British population lives within 2 km of known landfill sites in Great Britain. We found small excess risks of congenital anomalies and low and very low birth weight in populations living near landfill sites. Further studies are needed to help differentiate between the various possibilities. http://www.bmj.com/content/323/7309/363.full 
  • UK // Who does the Environment Agency Protect? http://www.no-incinerator.org.uk/Environment%20Agency%20report.htm 
  • USA // Fires, there are around 8,300 (landfill) fires a year and in the UK around 280 to 300. Research in Finland revealed that landfill sites have an average 60% chance of a fire each year. Many sites had no fires; some had 6 in one year.
 A serious landfill fire results in the downgrading of a controlled landfill to uncontrolled status, or in practical terms the waste mass becomes inadvertently reconnected to the environment. All the costs and effort of engineering a perfect containment system are wasted if fugitive emissions, often including dioxin and untreated leachate, are released through a perforated cap or liner 
Landfill fires emit a toxic cocktail of “Most Wanted” fugitive gases including formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide, nitrogen oxides and many others (OEPA, 2006). Visible smoke might not be visible since compacted waste acts as a good particulate filter, but fugitive gases are able to percolate towards the surface. A particular problem with smoke, which is largely unburned carbon, is particles that have become activated, in the form of an adsorbent, with a huge appetite for mopping-up “Most wanted” contaminants. Very small particles, known as Sub PM2.5s (smaller than 2.5 millionths of a meter in diameter) are capable of remaining airborne for days, and together with adsorbed contaminants will pass directly into the bloodstream once inhaled. http://www.waste-management-world.com/index/display/article-display/3111412016/articles/waste-management-world/volume-11/Issue-4/Features/Understanding-landfill-fires.html 
  • UK // Operator estimates of how many sites have sub surface fires at any time ranged from 50 – 100%, with most estimating that about 80% of all landfills in the UK have a deep seated fire at any time. http://www.cfps.org.uk/domains/cfps.org.uk/local/media/library/677.pdf 
  • UK // Report finds catalogue of breaches at Welbeck. http://www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk/news/local/more-wakefield-news/report-finds-catalogue-of-breaches-at-welbeck-1-969432 
  • UK // Environment Agency find incinerator fly ash outside Wingmoor Farm hazardous waste site: “Four samples collected in a field opposite the site entrance showed APC residues present in the dust”. http://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/mgAi.aspx?ID=2144 
  • UK // Response to Environment Agency Dust Monitoring at Wingmoor Farm (Dr A Tubb August 2011) “So far as the dioxins and furans are concerned the levels found in the dust samples from Wingmoor Farm are considerably higher than the levels found in rural soils. In some cases the Wingmoor Farm dust is many thousands of times higher. The same can be seen for most of the PCB data. There is therefore no doubt that dust that has been found escaping from the Wingmoor Farm (noted in previous reports) is contributing to contamination of the local soils and allowing dioxins and furans and PCBs to enter the food chain.” http://www.swardbishopscleeve.co.uk/Assets/Files/DrTubbAug11.pdf
  • UK // Environmental Impact of Coastal and Estuarine Landfills in South England (2008) http://www.brighton.ac.uk/set/contact/details.php?uid=cn45
  • UK // Influence of a collapsed coastal landfill on metal levels in sediments and biota – a portent for the future? (Pope et al 2011) http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2011/em/c0em00741b
  • UK // Comprehensive anti-incinerator ash dump campaign submission http://www.community.buckfastleigh.org
  • EUROPE // Europe and Chemicals (2006) In the EU, more than 100,106 chemicals were reported to be on the market in 1981, which was the first and only time that the chemicals used in the EU were listed. For 99 % of chemicals (by volume), information on properties, uses and risks is sketchy. Chemicals produced in high volumes (above 1 000 tonnes per year) have been examined more closely. Still, there are no data for about 21 % of those, and another 65 % come with insufficient data
  • USA // In 1998 a report of the US Environmental Protection Agency indicated that no information on toxicity was available for 43% of HPV chemicals produced or imported in US (an amount higher than 1 million tons per year) and that a full set of toxicity data was available only for a 7% of the whole – US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. Chemical hazard data. Availability study. What do we really know about the safety of high production volume chemicals?
    Washington DC (USEPA 1998)
  • USA // People with high levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in their blood are 38 times more likely to have diabetes than those with the lowest exposure, according to an analysis of data collected in the US http://www.endsreport.com/16627/biomonitoring-study-links-pops-to-diabetes
  • EUROPE/USA // Mother’s exposure to environmental contamination can affect the health of their offspring, a joint Italian and US study has shown. Babies born to mothers with a history of high exposure to dioxins suffered from decreased thyroid function http://www.endsreport.com/19295/mothers-exposure-to-dioxins-affects-children
  • EUROPE // Breast-fed sons have reduced sperm quality when their mothers are exposed to low doses of dioxins, Italian scientists have reported. http://www.endsreport.com/27295/dioxins-in-breast-milk-cut-sons-sperm-count
  • ITALY // Exponential growth of new chemicals and evolution of information relevant to risk control. (2008) http://www.iss.it/binary/publ/…/ANN_08_04%20Binetti.1209032191.pdf 
  • WORLD // WILDLIFE FUND: 400 million tonnes of man-made chemicals produced every year. http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/teacher_resources/webfieldtrips/toxics/ 
  • USA // A 2005 study by the Environmental Working Group detected 287 commercial chemicals, pesticides, and pollutants in the umbilical cord blood from 10 newborn infants, randomly selected by the Red Cross from U.S. hospitals. http://www.ewg.org/research/body-burden-pollution-newborns
  • USA // The National Toxicology Program at the National Institutes of Health and FDA have some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children. (March 2012) http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm064437.htm#current 
  • WORLD // An Extensive New Literature Concerning Low-Dose Effects of Bisphenol A Shows the Need for a New Risk Assessment
 (vom Saal, Hughes 2005) 
BPA is one of the highest-volume chemicals produced worldwide; global BPA capacity in 2003 was 2,214,000 metric tons with 6-10% growth in demand expected per year (Burridge 2003). ….Of a total of 115 published studies with low doses of BPA below the prior LOAEL of 50 mg/kg/day that we accessed via a PubMed search at the end of December 2004, there have been 94 published studies reporting in vivo estrogenic activity of BPA. Of the 94 low-dose studies reporting significant effects, 31 published studies have reported effects caused by doses of BPA at and below the reference dose of 50 μg/kg/day. Rate of growth and sexual maturation, hormone levels in blood, reproductive organ function, fertility, immune function, enzyme activity, brain structure, brain chemistry, and behavior are all affected by exposure to low doses of BPA. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1280330/

Around the world, a number of communities have adopted Zero Waste (ZW) as a goal, and/or have developed a plan to achieve Zero Waste.

As explained by Paul Connett, scientist and activist, Zero Waste is an attempt to combine community responsibility and industrial responsibility to minimise the amount of waste we send to incinerators and landfill.

Zero Waste recognises that waste is really resources in the wrong place. When you look at your rubbish it is plastic, metal, glass, cardboard, all reusable materials if sent to the right place. Only by mixing these together do we get ‘waste’.

The industrial respnsibility comes in when we look at the resources that need not be used in the first place – such as is packaging.

By working together as a community, recycling and minimising waste is a much more possible task.


Adopted the Polokwane Declaration on Waste Management at first National Waste Summit in 2001

San Francisco City and County, California, USA

Del Norte County, California, USA

San Luis Obispo County, California, USA

Santa Cruz, California, USA

City of Oakland, California USA

Berkeley, California, USA

Burbank, California, USA

Palo Alto, California, USA

San Diego County, California USA
(Citizens Advisory Committee only)

San Bernardino County, California USA
Zero Waste Communities (informally)

Sonoma County, California USA
(Local Task Force, citizens committee only)

State of California, California USA

Austin, TX USA

Boulder County, CO USA

Carrboro, NC USA

Central Vermont Waste Management District USA

New York City, NY USA
(Citizens ZW Plan developed, but not adopted by City)

Seattle, WA USA

Summit County, CO USA

Kaua’i, HI USA

San Antonio, TX USA

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council UK

Bath and NE Somerset District Council

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, WALES

Chew Magna, Bristol UK


Candon City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

San Isidro, Sueva Edija, Philippines

Pilar, Sorsogon, Philippines

Linamon, Lanao del Norte, Philippines

Sigma, Capiz, Philippines

Kamikatsu, Japan

New Zealand
Over 50% of the Cities in the Country adopted ZW as a goal

Capannori (Lucca), Italy

Carbonia (Carbonia Iglesias), Italy

Aviano (Pordenone), Italy

Giffoni Sei Casali (Salerno), Italy

Vinchio (Asti), Italy

Colorno (Parma), Italy

Seravezza (Lucca), Italy

Calcinaia (Pisa), Italy

Monsano (Ancona), Italy

Montignoso (Massa Carrara), Italy

La Spezia, Italy

Vico Pisano (Pisa), Italy

Somma Vesuviana (Napoli), Italy

Corchiano (Viterbo), Italy

Boscoreale (Napoli), Italy

Monte San Pietro (Bologna), Italy

Maiori (Salerno), Italy

Collesano (Palermo), Italy

Forte Dei Marmi (Lucca), Italy

Sasso Marconi (BO), Italy

Marineo (Palermo), Italy

Pietrasanta (Lucca), Italy

Borgo a Mozzano (Lucca), Italy

Porcari (Lucca), Italy

Villa BaSilica (Lucca), Italy

Massarosa (Lucca), Italy

Villa Verde (Oristano), Italy

Alessano (Lecce), Italy

Corsano (Lecce), Italy

Gagliano Del Capo Morciano Di Leuca (Lecce), Italy

Patu’ (Lecce), Italy

Salve (Lecce), Italy

Tiggiano (Lecce), Italy

Comune di Mirabello Monferrato, Italy

Comune Di Crescentino, Italy

Comune di Fontanetto Po, Italy


Kovalam, India

Kanchrapara Municipality, West Bengal, India
(developed community based waste management with zero waste goal)

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Regional District Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

Regional District Kootenay Boundary, British Columbia, Canada

Regional District Central Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada

Smithers, British Columbia, Canada

Regional District Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sunshine Coast Regional District, British Columbia, Canada

Eurobodalla Council, NSW Australia
Zero Waste Strategy in place

Willoughby Council, NSW Australia
Zero Waste Strategy in place

South Australia State Government, Australia
Zero Waste Strategy in place

Canberra ACT, Australia
Zero Waste Strategy in place

The State of Western Australia
Adopted a Zero Waste Goal

The State of Victoria, Australia
Adopted a Zero Waste Goal

Buenos Aires, Argentina