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MRW.co.uk Exclusive: The first review of No Waste Like Home

When the preview copy of No Waste Like Home dropped through the mailbox of MRW Towers, there was feverish excitement.

This new programme has promised to be a combination of You Are What You Eat and How Clean is Your House - both of which are massively popular lifestyle shows. And could it do for recycling what Dr Gillian and Kim and Aggie have done for food (or should that be poo?) and household cleaning respectively?

The first episode featured the hugely wasteful Marianne and Jon Tibbett and their four daughters. The family live in a massive five-bedroom house in Doddington, Kent and it seems have money to burn.

They were guided through their wastefulness by eco-warrior presenter Penney Poyzer, who has decent screen presence, and I think will become more comfortable in front of the camera as the series progresses.

But the main stars of the show were the nice, but hopeless Tibbett family. These six people create 17, yes 17, bags of waste each week. There is even a fantastic scene where dad Jon is seen pushing down all of the bags in the wheelie bin.

So why do this family create so much waste? Well, the reason seems to be that they spend too much money on food and then throw most of it away!

Each week, the family spends £250 on food and groceries for the six of them. Not only do they buy lots of packaging, they are really wasteful with what they buy.

Penney get them to empty all of their rubbish over their garden and makes them sort it using the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra.

Green waste is placed into a composter that is dug into the garden and uses local worms to process the waste. While other materials are sent off for recycling.

Penney managed to get them down to about three bags of waste with the rest send off to be recycled, proving to the public that so much of what we use can be recycled.

Although I did retch when Penney suggested that the family could eat some foil-wrapped chocolates that had been thrown away and had festered amid the other rubbish. Minging!

But this type of stunt has a purpose as it proves to people - as has been proven in other programmes - how bad they are at managing their lives.

Penney gets mum Marianne to reduce her food budget and show that there is no point in buying so much food and then throwing it out.

Much of the programme focuses on energy waste. Penney visits a model environmentally sound home in Lincolnshire as an example of good energy efficiency, and even shows how recycled paper can be used for loft insulation.

Another stunt Penney uses is to show the family how much gas they use by filling a hot air balloon with an equal amount.

Somehow because of a mix-up with their gas company, the family had managed to avoid paying a gas bill for four years. This wasn't fully explained as to how this happened, but the thermostat was constantly being pushed up to a full 30 degrees. It was estimated that they had used £10,000 of gas in the four years. I was sitting there hoping that the gas company bailiffs would come round at the end of the programme demanding their money, but it wasn't to be unfortunately (it only seems fair that they pay up though - my gas bill has just gone up again, but anyway...).

Perhaps the most entertaining element of the programme was demonstrating how much washing the fami

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