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The dustbin: A study of domestic waste, household practices and utility services

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/06/1999
<mark>Journal</mark>International Planning Studies
Issue number2
Volume4
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)267-280
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Although an intrinsic part of our everyday routines, the dustbin's role as a mediator of changing waste practices has rarely been considered. As bins become reconfigured as environmental technologies for contemporary recycling programmes, is argued that they provide a revealing indicator of new waste relationships in society. These emerging relationships are explored by tracing through a number of past and present bin technologies, showing how they represent changing waste meanings, practices and responsibilities. The future of the bin and how adopting a bin-centred approach can help researchers and planners reconceptualize waste 'problems' and so reconsider waste management strategies are speculated upon.