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Transdisciplinary research in industrial ecology a practice with recycling cooperatives of Belo Horizonte for the development of household solid waste management in Latin America countries

Fuss, Maryegli ORCID iD icon; Poganietz, Witold-Roger ORCID iD icon; Barros, Raphael


Economists and household solid waste (HSW) practitioners foresee that more than 40% of the projected world waste generation is expected to increase in the Global South in 2050. In Latin American countries, among several issues, the main concerns are the non-structured consumerism to adapt the modern life. Likewise, many cities have insufficient financial resources, absence of bylaws and standards, lack of institutional arrangement, low level of awareness on HSW management, inappropriate technologies, and absent recognition of waste pickers (WPs). Thus, the challenges forward are the co-creation of unintended consequences such as pollution, human diseases, ecosystem damage, and climate change of Latin American cities. The environmental impacts are seen globally because of the contribution to multiple strategies involving HSW, such as the cleaning patches of microplastics in the North Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean. Yet, by considering global problems and mainly sufficient opportunities for a proper local HSW management through the recognition of WP recycling cooperatives, it becomes a good exercise for urban-industrial ecologists in Latin America. ... mehr

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Vortrag
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator KITopen-ID: 1000121015
Veranstaltung Americas International Society for Industrial Ecology Conference (ISIE 2020), Lima, Peru, 06.07.2020 – 08.07.2020
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