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Organising waste in the cityInternational perspectives on narratives and practices$
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Maria Jose Zapata and Michael Hall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306375

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306375.001.0001

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Waste Collection as an Environmental Justice Issue: A Case Study of a Neighbourhood in Bristol, UK

Waste Collection as an Environmental Justice Issue: A Case Study of a Neighbourhood in Bristol, UK

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(p.201) Eleven Waste Collection as an Environmental Justice Issue: A Case Study of a Neighbourhood in Bristol, UK
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Organising waste in the city
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Karen Bell

David Sweeting

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306375.003.0011

This chapter, based on narratives of waste and recycling in a disadvantaged neighbourhood in Bristol, UK, provides evidence of unequal and unjust burdens faced by deprived communities in relation to waste collection services. The chapter unfolds the concept of environmental justice and gives examples of how it has been linked to waste, also within the broader context of waste policy in the UK. The chapter discusses how waste recycling policies can come at a cost to some of the households least able to bear it in cities in the global north. It also describes how pressure on households, rather than business, is a result of a policy framework that favours recycling, rather than reduction of waste.

Keywords:   Waste recycling policies, environmental justice, deprived communities, Bristol, UK

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