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WASTE MANAGEMENT (18 journals)

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Advances in Recycling & Waste Management     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Energy, Sustainability and Society     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Exposure and Health     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal of Waste Resources     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Paper Conservation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Waste Management     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Water and Wastewater / Ab va Fazilab     Open Access  
npj Clean Water     Open Access  
Open Waste Management Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Resources, Conservation & Recycling Advances     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Waste Disposal & Sustainable Energy     Hybrid Journal  
Waste Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Water-Energy Nexus     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Worldwide Waste : Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Worldwide Waste : Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies
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  • Plastic in Lake Titicaca: Tourism and Management of Non-Biodegradable
           Waste in the Andes

    • Abstract: Plastic has invaded the rural Andean landscape in recent decades. Its increase is due to the emergence of new consumption patterns, the absence of adequate waste management systems, and the persistence of a logic that incorporates waste into nature—which was appropriate when waste was biodegradable. However, the rural indigenous population is aware of plastic’s polluting effects. Tourism, which transmits urban and Western perceptions of cleanliness, is one of the factors that have led to this view. Tourism spreads an ecological perception that supports the sustainability of natural resources. It also spreads a bucolic perception of the landscape. Sometimes, the two discourses complement each other, but they can also clash. From the discard studies paradigm, and based on the case of Amantaní Island (Lake Titicaca, Peruvian Andes), the article shows that tourist demand for a pristine landscape can drive practices that increase the environmental and health risks of plastic waste. Published on 2022-04-20 13:25:47
  • Recycling Food Waste: An Investigation into the Delicate Process of
           Bio-waste Valuation

    • Abstract: For more than 20 years, Europe has been encouraging household bio-waste recycling. This trend is spurred by the promise of a circular economy built around the diversion from landfills, the regeneration of farmland and the production of alternatives to fossil fuel energy. It involves valuation processes, through which a value—both economic and environmental—is assigned to the material in circulation. This article investigates the nature of these processes, particularly the ways in which value is created within the chains of actors that make up these industries. Through the analysis of a case of source-separated household bio-waste collection, we show that bio-waste valuation processes are difficult to master. Due to the living, putrescible, unstable and relatively unlucrative nature of this material, valuation processes are fragile assemblages. They largely depend on the policies, infrastructures, practices and material conditions involved in the handling, care, transport and processing of food waste. Published on 2021-12-20 12:00:31
  • The Discursive Power of Recycling: Valuing Plastic Waste in Cape Town

    • Abstract: Recycling has come to be seen as a key strategy for tackling plastic pollution in South Africa, enabled by the rising popularity of circular economy policies globally. This paper explains how recycling operates discursively, positioning waste as an economic opportunity, with the effect of making it plausible to ignore the multi-scaler inequitable dynamics of waste that have been well documented by critical waste scholars. Quantitative and qualitative data was gathered over 13 months as part of the Valuing Plastic Project in Cape Town. Research involved establishing and evaluating a small-scale recycling scheme at Eluvukweni Church in the township of Crossroads on the outskirts of Cape Town. The methodology combined elements of participatory action research and discourse analysis to understand how ideas circulate in a way that perpetuates the status quo. This paper argues that the discursive power of recycling is enabled by concepts of circular economy and waste entrepreneurship, which position waste as a resource that unlocks job opportunities for people in poverty. As a consequence, environmental groups’ resistance to recycling as the solution to plastic pollution in South Africa continues to be constrained by the assumption that plastic waste is valuable, and that the plastic industry is able to regulate itself. Published on 2021-11-04 07:41:02
  • Plastic Mut(e)ability: Limited Promises of Plasticity

    • Abstract: Plastics are supposed to be infinitely mutable. Yet the enduring legacies of plastic waste and its derivatives persist to tell a different tale. In this paper, based on empirical data from a rapidly urbanising village in Rajasthan, western India, we take the reader into the unfolding ‘social life’ of plastic (im)mutabilities. In tracing plastic’s complicity in configuring new objects, subject-object relations, markets, ensuing socio-economic hierarchies, and the ecological, biological and ethical traces of plastic waste, we present the picture of a plasticised socio-material realm. Here old socio-economic hegemonies and forms of violence are re-entrenched and new relations of deprivation and dependence forged in plastic, linked to wider (capitalist) processes of resource extraction, and abandonment. Therefore, we situate plastic’s multiple (im)mutabilities within an unfolding story of new openings, closures and mutations across scale, inflected by the complex legacies of caste, gender, race and region. Finally, the notion of plastic mut(e)abilities is developed to include occasions of productive hacks and crafts with plastic ‘waste’–ongoing plastic mutabilities–by a marginalised woman which allude to limited possibilities of socio-material change. This helps recover some of the promises of plastic co-produced at the delicate margins and the liminal spaces of a plasticised society. Published on 2021-10-18 14:07:25
  • Piles of Plastic on Darkening Himalayan Peaks: Changing Cosmopolitics of
           ‘Pollution’ in Limi, Western Nepal

    • Abstract: This article explores plastic and other non-compostable waste pollution in the Limi Valley, in Nepal’s impoverished Humla district along the northern-western Nepal border. The Himalaya currently undergoes rapid environmental transformation. Environmental degradation, disappearing glaciers and climate change-related floods are increasingly shaping its landscape. At the same time, motorable roads and telephone connections as well as new modes of governance are arriving to its remotest areas linking Limi to the expanding Chinese market (and to a lesser extent the Nepali and Indian ones) with the consequence that an increasing amount of plastic packaging, wrappings, containers and single-use plastic items (as well as non-degradable electronic items) are reaching these villages. This article argues that these new challenges can be best understood and addressed as part of cosmopolitical ecologies of the Himalaya. They require a significant number of decisions at multiple levels, involving different forms of knowledge and moral frameworks dealing with issues of causality, responsibility, prioritization and action. Arising out of an international project and a ‘stakeholders’ workshop as a ‘collaborative event’, this article offers an opportunity to reflect on the predicament of Himalayan people and contribute to the debate on non-compostable waste pollution as linked to a wide range of environmental challenges including those related to climate change. These issues intersect and compound requiring a wide spectrum of responses at different levels bringing together socio-economic, political and cosmological dimensions. Mediation by a wide range of operators, potentially understood as ‘cultural brokers’, turns out to be decisive in the design and implementation of any strategy. Published on 2021-09-09 12:00:03
  • ‘Stingy, Stingy, Stingy Government’: Mixed Responses to the
           Introduction of the Plastic Carrier Bag Levy in Japan

    • Abstract: Since 1 July 2020, all retail businesses in Japan have been required by law to charge customers for plastic carrier bags in order to reduce the use of single-use plastic and to encourage consumers to change their lifestyles. This has resulted in more shoppers using their own bags, but has also drawn more emotional responses. This article analyses reactions to the plastic carrier bag levy in konbini (convenience stores) and discusses how it has changed customer service and shopping routines, at the same time as affecting notions of convenience, generosity, and propriety. The levy is also challenging consumers’ notions of cleanliness and pollution, as the plastic bag is changing from something that can both protect its contents from dirt and pollution (as a carrier bag) and protect the environment from its dirty contents (as a waste bag) to something that in itself pollutes the environment. Published on 2021-06-24 12:26:32
  • Cambridge, Carnaval, and the ‘Actually Existing Circularity’ of

    • Abstract: This article draws on comparative ethnographic research on plastic consumption, (re)use, and disposal in households and collective spaces in Cambridge (England) and Montevideo (Uruguay). Focusing on practices of re-use by individuals and collectives, it argues that these constitute forms of ‘actually existing circularity’ that provide an alternative to circular economy schemes premised on retained corporate ownership. In the context of discussions of the circular economy that are often limited to the macro policy level, this article thus provides a degree of granularity and a focus on everyday practices. Connecting with debates around materiality, it argues both that we must play close attention to the synthetic materials that surround us in everyday life, and that a focus on materials can help demonstrate the way that commodity status can be undone through projects of collective, inventive re-use that spill out beyond the household. Finally, it points to the potentially disenfranchising elements of dominant business-friendly circular economy visions and the way that these might disrupt complex materials pathways and cultures of re-use and repair rather than straight-forward linear economies. Published on 2021-05-27 11:52:52
  • ‘Drinking and Dropping’: On Interacting with Plastic Pollution and
           Waste in South-Eastern Nigeria

    • Abstract: Nigeria is reported as having released up to 0.34 million tonnes of plastic debris into the ocean in 2010 and ranked as the ninth country in the world for pollution of the marine environment. It is a postcolonial, oil rich country where plastic is cheap and widely available. Currently there is no government policy regulating single-use plastic products. Previous studies have identified university student residential areas as ‘hot spots’ for plastic waste. We used qualitative methods (focus groups and semi-structured interviews) to explore how students made sense of their single use plastics consumption (including ‘pure water’ plastic sachets) and analysed how young Nigerians interact with plastic waste. Students perceived plastic waste as malodorous, causing harm to human health and blighting environmental aesthetics. Students saw themselves as the cause of plastic pollution (as consumers) whereas plastic industries were framed positively as producers bringing progress and prosperity. Participants were open about their indiscriminate littering practices subverting other study findings where responsibility tends to be deflected (to policy makers, producers). While we are relying on self-reported behaviour, we found no obvious link between awareness of environmental harm caused by plastic pollution and students’ actions. Within this peer group of young Nigerians, it was not considered ‘normal’ or ‘cool’ socially to use waste bins or recycle. We suggest that further research is needed into how plastic pollution is made sense of in terms of individual responsibility; lay understandings of miasmas; perceptions of public/private spaces and plastics as a signifier of modernity; and enhanced social status. Published on 2021-05-04 21:44:46
  • Problematising Plastic: A Visual Analysis of the ‘Jute not Plastic’
           Campaign, 1976–1979 (Switzerland, Germany, Austria)

    • Abstract: The paper focuses on the problematisation of plastic within the public sphere. Through a case study of the Jute statt Plastik (Jute not Plastic) campaign that was conducted in Switzerland, Austria and Germany in 1976–1979, we show how ‘a politically mediated process’ can problematise plastic and thereby question consumer values. Jute not Plastic was the first campaign to politicise the public discourse connecting consumption, developmental goals and ecological pollution. Although the materiality of plastic has no fixed meaning in itself, the campaign demonstrates how social representation and sense-making through framing objects and proposing waste-avoiding alternatives can influence ways of seeing plastic. Based on previously unexamined campaign material and using the method of comparative visual analysis, the study shows how the campaign used different visual strategies to frame the jute bag as a morally charged lifestyle product in relation to the plastic bag. Published on 2021-05-04 15:40:28
  • Introduction to Special Collection: Social Science and the Social Life of

    • Abstract: Concern around plastic pollution and China’s ban on receiving foreign waste and recyclate have refocused attention on responsible waste management and attracted interdisciplinary research that impacts policy and practice. Consequently, plastic has elevated the role of social science in the innovation space, which has traditionally been occupied by science and enterprise. This opening article marks the launch of a special collection of works, which will be published monthly, on the social life of plastic. As a preface to the forthcoming contributions, this introduction highlights the value of humanities and social science approaches to tackling plastic waste, tracing the directions that the social science of waste and plastic has taken and can take in future. Concomitantly, it helps to steer discussions and collaborations away from the restricted realm of plastic bag consumption towards a deeper engagement with socio-material processes. We thus contribute to ensuring that the current anti-plastic zeitgeist is situated in space and time, and that potential solutions benefit from a rigorous examination of the multiplicity of plastics. Published on 2021-05-04 13:33:01
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