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Crossing the threshold: municipal waste policy and household waste generation

Bulkeley, H.; Gregson, N.

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This paper connects research on home-based consumption with research on waste policy and governance. We argue that, in order to meet the enhanced goals of waste reduction specified in Waste Strategy for England 2007, UK municipal waste policy needs a far closer engagement with the household, the primary unit of consumption. Opening-up the ‘black box’ of the household, we show why the potential for achieving enhanced rates of materials diversion through recycling is limited in certain neighbourhoods. We demonstrate the potential for furthering waste reduction through the intensification of existing practices with the ‘arts of transience’, and by engaging with the lumpiness of household-waste generation. The paper considers the policy implications of these findings and offers a number of suggestions as to how such insights might be taken up within UK municipal waste policy.

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Bulkeley, H., & Gregson, N. (2009). Crossing the threshold: municipal waste policy and household waste generation. Environment and Planning A, 41(4), 929-945. https://doi.org/10.1068/a40261

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2009
Deposit Date Dec 22, 2011
Publicly Available Date Apr 2, 2013
Journal Environment and Planning A
Print ISSN 0308-518X
Electronic ISSN 1472-3409
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 4
Pages 929-945
DOI https://doi.org/10.1068/a40261

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Bulkeley H., Gregson N., 2009. The definitive peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and Planning A, 41(4), 929-945, 10.1068/a40261






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