If you think dumpster-diving is green (or maybe a bit crazy), here’s a new show that takes it to the extreme. Beginning tonight, Sunday September 2nd, the UK can tune in to Channel 4 for the latest eco-focused TV experiment, DUMPED. The new series leaves eleven unsuspecting volunteers to their own devices at one of Britain’s biggest landfill sites for three weeks. Their challenge? To survive off the rubbish the rest of us have thrown out.


The participants have willingly agreed to take part in a testing eco-challenge, though they don’t know where or any of the details. Most have assumed that they will be dropped into a pristine natural environment like the Amazonian Rain Forest or the Arctic. How will they react when they are delivered to a huge, smelly British landfill site where they are forced to make a home from other people’s waste? Channel 4 explains the inspiration for the show:

“…Brits are a nation of greedy consumers. Most of us have some idea that we waste too much and don’t recycle enough, but we tend not to think about what happens to our rubbish once it has left our homes. So, how will the volunteers cope when bought face to face with the sheer scale of the typical British landfill? Can they turn the grime and pong of 1000 tonnes of rubbish into a precious resource? Will they manage to eek out a living? Will they be surprised at the quality of life they can carve out of unwanted waste? And will their experience make them think about their own lifestyles? Watch Dumped to find out.”

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