Inclusive recycling Workshop (April 2016, Amsterdam)

Call for Participation – Inclusive recycling Workshop
April 22, 2016

What policies and technologies make waste systems friendly or unfriendly towards informal recycling?

This workshop is an invitation to see waste systems though different eyes—develop an awareness and understanding of informal infrastructures and all the processes that we have learned to overlook. Join us on the 22nd of April at the Design & The City Conference in Amsterdam to explore these issues together.

By bringing together international experts on informal waste systems, we want to discuss inclusive waste systems in the global perspective. Based on international and European case studies, we will discus what makes solid waste systems friendly or unfriendly to (formal and informal) recycling, and what responses are possible. We want to discuss specifically the role of design for the creation of inclusive recycling system. Questions guiding the workshop include the following:

  • How can we make wastepicking more visible, waste systems more legible?
  • How would a city look if governments would become serious about implementing a circular economy?
  • What are the pathways of waste in the city, and which of them do current practices in the design disciplines see or not see?
  • Finally what does it mean to be an activist for informal recycling, inside academia, in design schools, or in professional practice?        

Organized by:

Maria Cecilia Loschiavo dos SantosProfessor, University of São Paulo

Anne Scheinberg, Noë Waste Measurement Consultants (NWMC), the Hague

Dietmar Offenhuber, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University, Boston

Aleksandra Mitrovic, Co-founder of the Society for the Development of Roma Communities (DURN), Belgrade

Full-day workshop, April 22nd from 9am – 3pm

How to participate:

Interested Participants should send an email to with an expression of interest in the workshop. 

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