Events

What is waste management for? Stigma, power, and opportunity in the global waste sector
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 1:30pm
What is waste management for? Stigma, power, and opportunity in the global waste sector

Abstract: We tend to think of waste management as responsive to the need to minimize pollution in the environment and protect human health.  But a deeper review of waste management systems around the world exposes the ways that waste, and the stigma it invokes, is more often used as a tool for capturing power and capital.   With examples from around the world, this seminar explores the political economy of waste management, and asks participants to reconsider what we consider to be ‘proper waste management.’

About the speaker: Taylor Cass Talbott is a waste sector specialist for WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing) where she assists with the capacity-building of waste picker organizations around the world.  She is also working to develop the profile and organizing capacity of waste pickers in Portland.  Originally from Portland, Taylor has been working on waste reduction and humans rights issues for more than a decade.  She received a Master’s in Peace Studies in Tokyo in 2013 and spent the following four years in Bhutan developing the country's first zero-waste program.  She then spent a year designing a major public campaign for the SWaCH waste picker cooperative in India. Prior to that, and while working as a language interpreter in a Portland homeless service organization, Taylor established an ongoing international project called Live Debris (www.livedebris.org), which features her artwork and projects exploring the ways that society discards both materials and people.