Across England and Wales, officers from the Environment Agency are trying to cope with a rising tide of rubbish.
Every year we produce hundreds of millions of tons of waste, and what isn't disposed of legally often ends up dumped on roadsides or in beauty spots.In this, the first of three programmes about the Agency, Jeremy Bristow examines our mounting rubbish problem and meets the people who try to stay on top of it.
In this programme, Jeremy Bristow discovers how the Agency tackles this daunting task.
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The Agency is responsible for both keeping the rivers of England and Wales clean, and for keeping them out of peoples' houses.
Jeremy Bristow pulls on his waders to join a flood defence team in the Midlands and sees how the agency protects our waterways.