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Jon Sopel
Jon Sopel
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Jon Sopel

Hello again...

This week, we're talking rubbish - I know, I know, add your own punchline.

We're looking at how much waste we produce, and asking what we should do with it.

At the moment, the UK sends nearly two thirds of its household and business waste to landfill - i.e. it buries it in the ground - but everyone agrees that this can't go on.

We're running out of room, and we'll be fined by the EU if we don't reduce the amount we landfill.

So what to do instead?

Ben Bradshaw
Ben Bradshaw, the man in charge of your rubbish

Well, Paola Buandonna has been to the Netherlands, a country which has a fantastic track record on reducing the amount of rubbish it buries. We'll investigate the secret of their success and ask if Britain can learn some lessons.

Should we recycle more? Should we burn more? Should we try and discourage people from chucking so much stuff away in the first place?

I'll ask the minister responsible, Ben Bradshaw.

Money mission impossible..?

The man Tony Blair appointed to look at party funding is due to produce his report by the end of January.

Rather him than me.

He's been asked to come up with measures which the political parties are agreed on, but has he been given an impossible task? Becky Milligan will be peering deep into the dark heart where money and politics meet.

Also...

Shadow Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley
Andrew Lansley

On Monday, the Conservatives will deliver the latest in a series of policy statements - this time on the NHS.

We'll have an exclusive look ahead with the Shadow Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley.

And one other thing - we've been asking you to nominate your top "waste hates" - the stuff you really don't want to throw out, because you didn't want it in the first place.

We're compiling a top five, and we'd like to hear from you.

Does fruit wrapped in cellophane make your blood boil? Or milk in tiny plastic pots instead of from a jug? You can let us know via the website...



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