Waste Valorisation: Between the Private Interest and the Social Benefit

27 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2021

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Luisa Tovar

National University of Colombia - Department of Economics

Centro Editorial FCE Universidad Nacional de Colombia

National University of Colombia; National University of Colombia - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 15, 2021

Abstract

Bogota is a referent in social inclusion of waste pickers. In 2016, waste pickers organizations became part of the cleaning public service as providers, and they start receiving a payment. Even though the amount of collected and valorised waste has increased, the waste buried in Doña Juana’s landfill continues to grow. The paper problematizes waste valorisation in Bogota through the waste/value dialectic (Gidwani, 2012; Gidwani & Maringanti, 2016) (Gidwani, 2012; Gidwani & Maringanti, 2016). A social waste valorisation approach has been included to rethink the concept of waste beyond a resource to be reinserted into the market and rather consider it as a booster for building community networks. The methodology is based on a literature review and qualitative and quantitative research strategy involving the analysis of the official information, interviews with waste pickers, visits and field observations in Bogota accomplished since 2015. The analytical framework is developed to understand and discuss the value of waste as essential to define its management, to identify who benefits, and to support processes of a social transformation through the waste.

Keywords: waste management, valorisation, social inclusion, waste pickers, Bogota

JEL Classification: A13, B59, Q53

Suggested Citation

Tovar, Luisa Fernanda and Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Centro Editorial FCE, Waste Valorisation: Between the Private Interest and the Social Benefit (September 15, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3924695 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3924695

Luisa Fernanda Tovar (Contact Author)

National University of Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

Carrera 30 Calle 45 Ciudad Universitaria
Bogotá
Colombia

Centro Editorial FCE Universidad Nacional de Colombia

National University of Colombia ( email )

Carrera 30 45-03
Bogota, None
Colombia

National University of Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

Carrera 30 Calle 45 Ciudad Universitaria
Bogotá
Colombia

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