Toxic crusaders hit big screen

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AN environmental action group has made it onto the big screen in a documentary about global waste problems.

Residents Against Toxic Scheme (RATS) was featured in Trashed, which has been screened at the Cannes Film Festival and praised in reviews world-wide.

The group has been highlighting environmental problems at Welbeck landfill site, near Normanton, for more than 10 years.

RATS has been included in the documentary, in which academy award-winning actor Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent of global waste problem and find solutions for a more sustainable world.

RATS president Paul Dainton said: “It’s a great achievement that RATS and local people have been included in this film.”

Trashed, a Blenheim Films production produced and directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady, charts the rise in global production of waste, from rubbish-strewn landscapes in China to a mountain of toxic trash in the ancient Lebanese city of Sidon.

The film, which had a special screening at the Cannes Festival, highlights how every year mankind throws away 58 billion disposable cups, billions of plastic bags, 200 billion litres of water bottles and billions of tons of household waste, toxic waste and e-waste.

And it reveals the devastating effects of plastic waste on marine life.

It also argues for an urgent solution to the waste problem, seeks out people who have changes their lives to produce no waste and explores anti-waste legislation.

Mr Dainton, of Altofts Lodge Drive, add: “The filmmakers went all around the world to make it. The film has gone international and got some really good reviews.”