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Caretakers as mediators in household waste separation

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This article explores the role of building caretakers in waste handling and in the application of source separation schemes. The topic is approached through the concept of mediators (or intermediaries). It is discussed with reference to both transition theory and ANT how mediators must be perceived in terms of not only transition agents, instigating change, but also in terms of stabilization, local embedding and maintenance of (relatively) stable socio-technical configurations. Based on mainly qualitative studies, the waste mediating role of caretakers’ work is explored and it is demonstrated how caretakers through a constant flow of interventions seek to maintain the stability of their buildings, i.e. the stability of the buildings’ flux of people and materials. As part of their continuous effort to keep their buildings’ infrastructures functional and keep their communal and recreational spaces as pleasant as possible, they take steps to integrate source separation into the flow of the building’s daily operations, making sure that it runs smoothly, yet also seeking to optimize the quality of source separation.
TidsskriftJournal of Environmental Policy and Planning
Sider (fra-til)796-808
Antal sider13
StatusUdgivet - nov. 2021

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