Could you live off the stuff other people throw away? Could you find everything you need to survive, from clothing to housing, in your local tip? This is a program about learning to recycle – the hard way. Eleven unsuspecting members of the public have signed up to take part in a tough, unique eco-challenge. They know they’ll have to survive in a difficult environment without creature comforts. They’re expecting that they’ll be living in the Amazonian rainforest or on a melting polar ice-cap, but in reality their task is to survive for three weeks on Britain’s biggest rubbish dump, using only what they can scavenge.
Their only provisions are running water and a supply of food to represent the food thrown away in the UK every year. But without a fridge, they have to work out what to eat quickly and what will last through to their later days in the dump. Once they’ve come to terms with their new home, they undertake a number of challenges to demonstrate just how resourceful they can be – and learn the value of other people’s leftovers. And they’ll need to contend with all that comes with life among the rubbish – heat, dust, stench and plagues of flies. This program focuses on some very green issues – waste, recycling, the environment – in a fun and entertaining way. But there is a serious message. Could we learn to be a little less wasteful?