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International Waste Chains: Tracing the Supply Chain from Formal Waste Collection to Informal Waste Processing

By Penn Institute for Urban Research

Join the Penn IUR Forum on Urban Informality for the first event in the 2021 Summer eSeminar Series, which will focus on the international waste supply and processing chain and its relationship to the informal sector. Between 1976 and 2016, global networks of plastic waste grew exponentially, with waste flowing from developed economies in Europe and North America to the Global South; in 2016, Chinese imports absorbed 60% of the plastic waste trade. By 2050, the world is expected to generate 3.4 billion tons of waste annually, increasing drastically from today’s 2.01 billion tons.

This event will feature presentations by Silpa Kaza, Senior Urban Development Specialist, The World Bank, and Dagna Rams, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Lausanne, Switzerland and Visiting Fellow, NYU and Max Planck Institute. The discussion will be moderated by Penn IUR Postdoctoral Fellow Chandan Deuskar.


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