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Rummage - Waste

Rummage & waste: Laurie Taylor explores the history of recycling and considers the shifting definitions of waste.

Rummage & waste: Laurie Taylor talks to Emily Cockayne, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia, about the overlooked story of our throwaway past, from ladies of the First World War who turned dog hair into yarn to Girl Guides inspired to collect bottle tops by the litter collecting Wombles of Wimbledon. What lessons can be drawn from the past to address urgent questions of our waste today? Patrick O'Hare, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, joins the conversation and considers our shifting definitions of waste, from domestic homes in the Global North to the rubbish dumps of Uruguay.

Producer: Jayne Egerton

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28 minutes

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Mon 13 Jul 2020 00:15

Further Reading

Rummage: A History of the Things We Have Reused, Recycled and Refused to Let Go by Emily Cockayne

Patrick O'Hare - Waste in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology


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