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UCD Earth Institute presents free public screening of ‘Trashed’

Publication Date: 08 May, 2014


UCD Earth Institute presents free public screening of ‘Trashed’ to fuel debate on our waste management crisis

The UCD Earth Institute hosted a free public screening of ‘Trashed’ on Earth Day 2014 (22nd April). Screened in partnership with the Lighthouse Cinema, ‘Trashed’ is a compelling and troubling view of the global issue of what happens to the waste we generate in our daily lives. Narrated by Jeremy Irons, the film brings us to locations far afield and close to home, and clearly shows that we cannot be complacent about this issue any longer.

One of the most startling aspects of the documentary film was the demonstration that even the recycling solution does not go far enough in addressing the problem of our waste. Other solutions in place in some regions, such as mass incineration or landfill, each come with their own problems and side-effects that have far-reaching impacts on human health and society.

The screening was followed by a lively panel discussion on some of the issues raised by the film. Moderated by Manchan Magan, the panel comprised Dr Jonathan Derham from the EPA, Declan Martin from Repak, and UCD Earth Institute PI, Dr Kevin O’Connor whose work focuses on the development of biodegradable polymers as one solution to the problem of packaging waste. The questions and input from the audience clearly showed an appetite in Irish society for the development of long-term solutions to our waste problem, and an interest in the role scientific research can play in developing such solutions.